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Public transport operators' union strike halted after collapse of government

“SCHOOL run” buses were halted on Wednesday as members of the public transport operators' union, Kar-İş, launched an indefinite stoppage of the education services

Public transport operators' union strike halted after collapse of government

“SCHOOL run” buses were halted on Wednesday as members of the public transport operators' union, Kar-İş, launched an indefinite stoppage of the education services – only to call it off a day later after the coalition government collapsed.

The protest, launched after operators failed to reach agreement with the government over payment for state school bus travel, left parents having to take their children to classes by car – and other pupils having to stay at home.

Kar-İş head Bekir Beksan Akandere said they had had no option but to take action because continuing student transport services at current rates of pay would “push the sector into difficulties”.

He said a 30 per cent rise in fees agreed last September had yet to be applied.

After Thursday's political upheaval he said the strike had been lifted pending formation of a new government, but “if [they] don't solve our problems, our permanent strike will re-start”.

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