Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) West Bengal bus operators Saturday decided to pull out of the July 31 transport strike after assurances from the state government but the CPI-M labour arm CITU decided to stick to their stand and continue with the agitation on the scheduled date.
In an about turn, the bus operators, who till Friday were determined to go for a strike, now decided to pull out for the time being.
"For the time being we have decided to pull out of the from the July 31 strike because the state government has assured that they will look into our concerns regarding the oil price hike," said Sadhan Das of Joint Council of Bus Syndicate.
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), however, said though the bus owners have pulled out of the strike, the workers associated with transport system have decided to remain firm on the agitation.
"The strike was called keeping in mind the pangs of the workers associated with transport system and not the bus owners. So if they the bus owners decides to pull out its their decision. We stick to our stand on July 31 strike," said Subhash Mukherjee of CITU.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Transport Minister Madan Mitra welcomed the decision of the bus operators and assured that their concerns regarding oil price will be looked into.
"We welcome their decision. We will look into their concerns, they don't need to worry," said Banerjee.
Mitra said that CITU tries to impose the strike on the masses, then they will be have to face the ire of the people.
CITU Thursday called a 24-hour transport strike across West Bengal July 31 to protest against the increase in petrol and diesel prices, prompting an angry Banerjee to threaten public vehicles with cancellation of licences if they stayed off the roads.