Lahore: On Wednesday, a new Metro Bus Service contractor took over the reins and began driver training. Former Metro Bus Service drivers have concluded their wheel-jam strike and have chosen to pursue legal action against the previous contractor, Al-Bayrak.
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For two weeks, the bus drivers had been protesting against the previous contractor for non-payment of arrears, bonus, and failure to provide experience certificates and gratuity. Thousands of passengers were forced to take expensive transportation to reach their destinations due to the suspension of the service (between Shahdara and Gajjumata).
Uzair Shah, the General Manager of Operations for the Punjab Mass Transit Authority, stated that the new contractor had taken over the metro bus operation and had begun driver training. He stated that the public bus service was expected to restart on September 8, and that the new firm will decide whether or not to cooperate with the former drivers.
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Meanwhile, the drivers have chosen to take the Al-Bayrak business to court for non-payment of arrears and bonuses, but the Mass Transit Authority has warned the drivers that if they do not get their salary and other dues, they would be able to confiscate the company’s Rs300 million surety.
The drivers notified the media that they planned to go on strike.
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