26 January 2021
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The Peshawar metro bus service was once again suspended on Tuesday after its employees went on a strike over pay cuts.

The workers said that Rs3,000 to Rs4,000 are deducted from
their salaries every month for “violating the rules”.

Passengers were stranded after the bus service came to a
halt. They said the protesters should have intimated them in advance.

TransPeshawar, which runs the BRT service, outsourced bus
operations, ticketing, cleanliness, maintenance and security services to
private firms, according to a TransPeshawar spokesperson.

These firms were responsible for hiring staff and paying
them. The protesting workers were not directly linked to TransPeshawar.

Employers have assured the protesting workers that their
reservations would be addressed, the spokesperson said.

Abdul Gh Lone