The Metro Bus Services in twin cities – Islamabad and Rawalpindi – had come to a halt as drivers went on strike on Friday.
The drivers refused to return to the track until their demands were met – which are an increment in salaries and their duty time reduced to 8 hours a day instead of 12.
One of the drivers, while talking to a media channel, said their salary is as low as Rs. 25,000 per month but the Punjab Metro Bus Authority keeps hitting them with hefty fines over small issues.
“For instance, if I break an indicator, I will not be paid my daily wages for two days,” he said, terming the behavior as an utter injustice.
The drivers, who had been sitting for nearly 24 hours, have finally ended their protest after successful negotiations with the management.
They have threatened to go on strike again if their demands are not met within 3 days.
The protest left hundreds of thousands of commuters of the twin cities stranded as many can’t afford expensive commute on taxies or the online ride-hailing services. One of the residents complained that the drivers should have given a public notice before holding the protest.