Hyderabad: In the wake of approved creation of AP Public Transport department for the merger of APSRTC with the state government, employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) on Sunday decided to go on indefinite strike from October 5. Various employee unions in Joint Action Committee (JAC) announced that state government failed to address the long-pending demands including the merger with the government. SK Babu, the union president of JAC has taken to media that the issues like job security for RTC drivers and conductors, new buses, implementation of pay revision and various other demands were not paid attention while the staff is sincere with their employer. “The management failed to address our problems despite serving a strike notice a couple of weeks ago. We are being forced to go on strike during Dasara holidays because the authorities are not even willing to acknowledge our demands,” he stated.
Stating the work burden on the employees due to the drivers and conductors crunch, the union members also demanded the salary hike for that about a lakh of employees including the ones working on contract basis and to increase in the bus fleet. He also stated that the dues are running up to Rs 1,000 crore to the TSRTC and the losses of the corporation amounted to Rs 3,380 crore.