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Striking employees resort to sit in protests, meeting MLAs

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Sit in protests and meeting MLAs to submit their representations formed part of the continuing stir of the employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), which entered the 19th day on Wednesday.

"The employees held sit-in protests and met MLAs at some places to submit representations on their agitation," Raji Reddy, a leader of one of the RTC employees unions, said.

He reiterated that the unions were ready for talks whenever ever they are invited by the government.

The government on Tuesday said it has decided to examine other demands of the striking employees as unions themselves had withdrawn their demand for TSRCTC's merger with the government.

The Road Transport Corporation Managing Director has appointed a committee, comprising Executive Directors of the Corporation to examine the demands, the Chief Minister's Office had said in a release.

The government has also decided to submit a report to the state High Court as per the committee's report, which would be submitted in one or two days, it said.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao held a meeting with transport minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar and senior officials following the high court's directive to RTC and employees to hold discussions and settle their disputes before October 28.

The union leaders had initially said they would hold talks only if an announcement over merger of RTC with the government was made, but during the hearing in the high court, said they would not insist on it.

This amounted to the employees withdrawing the demand for merger, the release quoted Rao as having said.

The Chief Minister also noted that the court had urged that 21 issues among the employees' demands be considered, as per its orders and directed officials to study them.

Different employees and workers unions of TSRTC began an indefinite strike from October 5 across Telangana on a call by the JAC of the corporation, demanding its merger with the government and recruitment to various posts, among others.

The employees, workers of opposition parties and others have since then been organising protests all over the state in support of their demands.

Ruling out discussions with the unions, the TRS government had termed the stir as "illegal" as they caused immense inconvenience to public.

The High Court had directed the RTC management and the employees to the negotiating table and settle all their disputes before October 28.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 23 2019. 19:25 IST
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