APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) merger with the state government has been one of the long-pending demands of the employee unions-which was officially announced as the New Year gift. Fulfilling one of the poll promises, Jagan-led government came to the decision after speculating for almost five months followed by constituting a dedicated committee into the demands which studied the pros and cons for almost three months. The decision came as a shocker to the Telangana government which remained stringent over the same sort of demand from the unions who went for a massive strike.
However, in a recent revelation Jagan and his team left their own mark on the merger almost a month after the announcement. The APSRTC management has now issued a notification to the workers stating that the status of PTD employees has been changed from workers to the public servant. In the line of the circular issued, the Code of Discipline, the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 and the Trade Union Act, 1926 will not be applicable to the employees anymore.
Upon which, the employees are ought to refrain from criticising the policies of the Government and authorities before press or media. Above all, the employees will not be able to participate in any strike, demonstrations against the policies of the government. However, the employees can continue to raise their grievances at the dedicated cells set up to meet the concerns. This circular from the authorities has set ripples in all the eight employee unions who opined that this move would curb their rights and close the doors for any negotiations or criticism.