Hyderabad, October 5: Employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) took to streets to observe an indefinite strike on Saturday over their long-pending demands. The call for the strike was given after talks between the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of TSRTC employees and a government panel failed for the third successive day on Friday. Reports inform that around 60,000 TSRTC employees will go on indefinite strike from Friday midnight over their demand for the merger of the TSRTC with the government among other demands. TSRTC Strike on October 5, 2019: Telangana RTC Bus Employees to Stay Off Roads.
The other demands of the employees include job security to RTC drivers and conductors, and implementation of pay scale Revision 2017 recommendations. Reports inform that the association also demanded childcare leave for women employees. government has called the strike illegal and threatened to suspend those participating in it. However, the government has called the strike illegal and threatened to suspend those participating in it.
Earlier this month, the Telangana Cabinet had formed a committee comprising senior IAS officers to look into the demands of TSRTC employees. The three-member panel headed by senior IAS officer Somesh Kumar was to hold talks with the employees and submit a report after which the government was to take action, an official release stated.
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According to reports, the strike will be observed by nearly 10 employee unions comprising TSRTC Staff and Workers Federation, RTC Telangana Mazdoor Union (TMU), TSRTC National Mazdoor Union and TSRTC Employees Union.
According to a report by PTI, the cabinet chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had requested the RTC employees to call off their proposed strike as the Corporation was already incurring losses. It suggested that they discuss their issues with the committee of officers. In September, several unions of the state-run transport unions had threatened to go on strike from October 5 demanding fulfillment of their demands.