HYDERABAD: Ratted by the mass termination of about 48,000 employees of the Telengana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) for going on an indefinite strike, trade unions which gave the call for the strike are gearing up for a legal battle against the action.
Alluri Ravishankar, member of Bhartiya Majdhoor Sangham told reporters that the trade bodies will challenge the state government's decision as and when they are served with dismissal or suspension notices.
“The unions have not done anything wrong. According to Trade Dispute Act, the employees can go on a strike after giving 15 days’ notice. The RTC employees have given it 20 days before. Protesting for their rights is their right,” he added.
State Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao had sacked about 48,000 employees on Sunday following the expiry of the deadline given to the striking employees (6 pm on Saturday) to report back to work. But, the latter stayed off resulting in the termination.
The employees and workers belonging to different unions had gone on strike from Friday midnight on a call given by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the corporation, demanding merger of the RTC with the government, job security and recruitment to various posts, among other things.
The neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh had recently merged the state’s transport department with the government and further increased the retirement age to sixty years.
According to the Unions, one of the major concerns for RTC employees is the lack of job security.
The state government rejected the demands saying that the RTC was incurring a loss of Rs 1200 crore and has Rs 5,000 crore as debt, coupled with rising the diesel prices.
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With inputs from agencies
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