Hyderabad, Sep 4 : Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees union affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and National Federation of Indian Road Transport Workers (NFIRTW) on Tuesday gave a strike notice to the Management demanding to address various long pending issues including the merger of RTC with the government.
The employees will likely to go on an indefinite strike from September 17 demanding the merger of the Road Transport Corporation with the government, job security to RTC drivers and conductors, and implementation of Pay Scale Revision 2017 recommendations. According to RTC employees’ Union President S Babu and General Secretary K Raji Reddy, the proposal for merging of TSRTC with the government was made in October 2013 and a GO was also released but the government has not taken any further steps in this regard.
They said that there are no direct recruitments in the corporation for the past five years, resulting in work burden on the drivers and conductors. The association also demanded child care leave for women employees. However, the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh government has approved creation of the AP Public Transport Department (APPTD) for merger of the APSRTC with the government on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Telangana State BJP President K Laxman at a press conference yesterday demanded that the government pay dues running upto Rs 1,000 crore to the TSRTC, appoint a full fledged Chairman and Managing Director and take steps to make it debt free and function efficiently.
He said that the government had not bothered to appoint members to the governing board for the last one year even as the losses had mounted to Rs 3,380 crore up from Rs 240 crore in 2015.
The ruling TRS party make use of RTC buses for meetings but does not pay bills. If the Chief Minister intends to push the TSRTC into further losses to privatise it, the BJP will strongly oppose, he added. (UNI)