On Wednesday, drivers and other staff members of Metro bus service in Islamabad and Rawalpindi protested across Pakistan Secretariat. Due to non-payment of salaries for two months, the drivers started this protest. The metro bus service was suspended in the twin cities and hundreds of protestors started a strike against the management. The drivers parked the buses at the main bus terminal, near Pakistan Secretariat Islamabad. They said they will not resume the metro bus service until their salaries are paid to them.
Drivers also threatened that they will permanently halt metro bus service if the authorities don’t pay them their respective salaries before upcoming Eid. The protestors were carrying banners and slogans, with text against the administration and higher authorities.
Furthermore, employees also protested at main bus terminal of Saddar. An official said, “The company had been asked to solve the matter so no such strike would occur in the coming days.”
Metro bus service was suspended for half an hour and then finally the company officials sent a message saying that the issue will be resolved by 4:00 pm.
Due to the suspension of the metro bus service in the twin cities, the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi had to face issues. Those who are accustomed to travel via metro bus remained stuck in the terminals for hours as the drivers and other staff members were on strike against the respective authorities.
Pictures of people stuck in Metro Bus terminals.
In order to resolve transportation issues in the twin cities of Pakistan, the metro bus service was introduced. It provided an affordable signal-free ride to the public. But it is quite disturbing if the people working for the metro bus project i.e drivers and other staff members are not paid their due salaries.