Vadodara’s ‘mentally tortured’ traffic brigade goes on indefinite strike

The traffic brigade members said the VTET,formed in 2008 as a public-private partnership with support from the traffic police,Vadodara Municipal Corporation,and Road Transport Office,acts arbitrarily in retrenching employees who have worked with the organisation since it was formed in 2008 to compensate for the shortage of the traffic police in the city.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:March 6, 2013 5:35 am

Around 125 members of the Vadodara Traffic Education Trust (VTET),engaged in maintaining traffic discipline on city roads,Tuesday declared to go on an indefinite strike protest against the alleged “mental torture” by the trustees.

The traffic brigade members said the VTET,formed in 2008 as a public-private partnership with support from the traffic police,Vadodara Municipal Corporation,and Road Transport Office,acts arbitrarily in retrenching employees who have worked with the organisation since it was formed in 2008 to compensate for the shortage of the traffic police in the city.

They demanded that four of their colleagues who were fired on Saturday last week “without any apparent reason,” should be taken back on job. Last year,during Diwali,as many as 50 traffic brigade members were retrenched,they said.

“On Saturday,the Trust fired four of our colleagues without giving any reason for doing so. They were working for the Trust since last four years and have nowhere to go. The Trust has been doing this quite frequently,” Rajesh Mali,a supervisor in the team,said. Monday,traffic brigade had called for a one-day strike which they extended to indefinite lest their demands are met.

“We are subjected to mental torture and are work since 6 am in the morning till 2 pm everyday. They force us to control traffic even at 6 am,when there is virtually no traffic on the road. They cut money from our salary without any apparent reason every month,so much so that we are left with little money to take home at the end of the month,” Gajendra Patil said.

The members Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the police commissioner Satish Sharma asking him to help address their 12-point demands,which include increasing salary,granting mass leave at least once in a year,and refraining from arbitrary sacking. “As long as our demands are met by the Trust,we will remain on strike,” Mali said.

Suryakant Amin,a trustee against whom the traffic brigade members demanded action,could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.

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