The movement of Golan buses has stopped completely in the various delegations of the Wilayat of Kebili, which has caused almost total paralysis in the movement of citizens and students to the city, which hosts the largest number of educational institutions and administrative and health facilities. To the city in which the weekly market is located, this is the scene that you see this morning, Tuesday, wherever you move between the various population centers on the region as a result of the regional strike carried out by workers in the public transport sector.
The Secretary General of the Main Syndicate of Public Transport in Qibli, Monji al-Tabasi, explained to “Watt” that this protest movement, which succeeded by more than 95 percent, according to his estimation, is due to the deteriorating situation in the transport sector in the region, especially in terms of the aging of buses, most of which have exceeded 25 years of operation. This has caused frequent daily bus crashes and the need to cancel many trips and lines, in addition to making more than 10 daily trips for each bus on more than one line to be able to transport students and citizens.
Al-Tabasi said that a “fallacy” is linked to the public transport fleet in terms of the total number of buses, which on paper includes 40 buses, while only 15 buses are actually operating and the rest of them are in the maintenance workshop waiting to be repaired in the form of spare parts availability, because the manufacturers of a large number Some of these buses have stopped working for a long time, which forces the maintenance workshop workers in many cases to repair the buses from each other in order to be able to restore one of them to work, even if temporarily.
By the way, he stressed that the sector suffers from a severe shortage in the number of drivers, maintenance personnel, guards and cleaning, which affects the quality of services and causes the delay of some trips due to the double effort made by drivers to secure work on various lines in light of the cessation of assignments some time ago.
For his part, the Assistant Secretary-General of the Regional Union of Labor responsible for the establishments and bureaus, Abdeljalil Bouazza, held the regional Salt “full responsibility” for the strike, paralysis in public transport and disruption of the interests of citizens and students, on the background of its “failure of the conciliatory session,” which was scheduled to be held on Monday. At the state headquarters in order to search for some solutions to the problems of the transport sector.
He considered that the absence of the regional authorities from attending this session represents a “precedent that the party has never witnessed”, which may lead to a doubling of protest movements in the future in light of the deteriorating situation of the public transport sector in these areas, according to him.
The Secretary-General of the Public Transport Agents Syndicate at the Souk al-Ahad delegation, Raouf Ben Alaya, expressed his apology to the citizens for the strike that disrupted their interests, stressing that they found themselves compelled to take a protest action in order to defend the sector, which suffers from many problems that have caused poor services. The cancellation of some lines in addition to the non-stop in some stations due to the fullness of the already worn out buses, which are frequently subject to maintenance due to the large number of defects and the lack of spare parts, calling for work to find a radical solution to the problems of the public transport sector in terms of fleet renewal and the provision of a sufficient number of buses and human tires.
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