2018, VOL. 4 ISSUE 2, PART E
Occupational problems of women bus conductors
Author(s): Roopa Kurbett and Veena S Jadhav
Transport industry has long been considered men’s field. Women were away from this sector till 1980. Later on women gradually entered into this sector as bus conductors in different parts of India. In the same way, the situation can be seen in Karnataka road transport sectors both in KSRTC and BMTC. There was no single woman conductor till 1980, but gradually 12 women conductors were recruited. Later few were appointed on compensatory grounds against the death of their husbands or their family members till 1990. Gradually it increased to more number of women conductors. The unit of the study is an organization namely North-West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) Hubballi-Dharwad. The data was collected through pre-structured questionnaire method. The sample size for the study is comprised of 100 women bus conductors were selected based on random sampling. The results of the study revealed that regarding the working hours fixations (47%) of the women bus conductors are agreed that they have the occupational problems at work place, whereas 46 per cent of them are agreed that they are facing problems due to depression and doing full justice to their family. Round about 40 per cent of the women bus conductors are agreed that they are facing problems while doing local route duties, long routes duties and worry about work. It also showed that majority (50.00%) of the women bus conductors have severe musculoskeletal pain experiences in the legs, ankle/feet, knees, thighs, palm/fingers and in the wrist. Maintaining family as well as doing the local route duties made the women bus conductors to miss quality time with family and friend because of pressure of work. It can be concluded that women bus conductors are highly suffer from pain in different parts of the body mainly in the leg, ankle/feet, knees, thighs, lower back and in the palm /fingers regions, it makes the women conductors hinders their normal work as well as feel to leave the job.
How to cite this article:
Roopa Kurbett, Veena S Jadhav. Occupational problems of women bus conductors. Int J Home Sci 2018;4(2):283-287.