Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-07-27 17:32 Bengaluru: After three harrowing days of going without government-run buses, commuters in Bengaluru and elsewhere can breathe easy as employees of KSRTC, BMTC, NWKTC, and NEKTC called off their strike following the government’s decision to hike salaries by 12.5 pc.The breakthrough came after Transport Minister Ramalinga Ramalinga Reddy and KSRTC MD Rajendra Kumar Kataria held talks with union leaders of all four transport corporations."We have agreed to end the strike after the government agreed for a 12.5 percent hike and to look into other demands," said Anantha Subbarao, AITUC President.AITUC General-Secretary Vijay Bhaskhar said the union members had come down to 18pc from their earlier demand of 35pc wage hike. “But the government only agreed to a hike of 12.5 percent. Along with this demand, the government also agreed for talks on other crucial demands such as extra time work, medical benefit for immediate family members, and so on. The minister has asked for three weeks to work-out on the modalities,” said Vijay Bhaskar.Ramalinga Reddy appealed the striking workers to return to work, saying that the government would protect the interest of workers.