The Telangana High Court on Monday directed the Labour Commissioner to take a decision, within two weeks, on the 45-day long strike by employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation.
Reiterating that the High Court can't decide whether the strike is illegal or not, the bench observed that the Labour Court has power to do so.
“This court cannot monitor this complicated dispute. Since the Supreme Court has held that the high court cannot declare the strike either legal or illegal, the labour court is the appropriate forum to decide on it," the bench noted. The counsel for Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the striking employees told the court that the employees are ready to call off the strike and join their duties provided there are no troubles for the employees once they join back at work.
The bench observed that the court has its own limitations but hoped that if the employees call off the strike and return to their duties, the government or the TSRTC will not take any action against them.
Meanwhile, JAC convenor Ashwathama Reddy called off his indefinite fast at government-run Osmania Hospital after persuasion from leaders of opposition parties.
The indefinite strike by over 48,000 employees of RTC entered the 46th day on Tuesday. Though the JAC last week announced temporarily dropping the main demand of the TSRTC's merger with the government, the latter gave no indication of any imminent talks to break the impasse.