TSRTC employees’ unions to intensify stir from today

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TSRTC employees’ unions to intensify stir from today

Monday, 11 November 2019 | PTI | Hyderabad

The 37-day-old indefinite strike by  the transport employees in Telangana pressing various demands would  be intensified from November 11, the unions announced on Sunday.

 TSRTC-Joint Action Committee leader EAshwathamaReddy said the  agitating employees would hold protests in front of the residences of MPs, MLCs and MLAs of the ruling TRS across the State on November  11 and on November 12 three union leaders would launch an indefinite fast here.

On November 13, they would lodge a complaint with the National  Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Women in Delhi,  over alleged repression of the employees since the launch of strike.

He said they would organise road blockades across the state  on November

18.

The union leader urged the State Government to respect the Telangana  High Court directive and invite the RTC workers for talks.

Nearly 48,000 employees of the corporation have been on an indefinite  strike from October 5 across Telangana, demanding merger of RTC with  the government transport department, pay revision, among others.

Taking a tough stand on the strike, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar  Rao had said under no circumstances would the RTC be merged with  the Government.

Terming the stir as “illegal,” he had said it caused immense  inconvenience to the public.

Meanwhile, the protesting employees took out rallies at different  places and raised slogans against the TRS Government.

 Condemning Saturday’s police action on the employees and others  who took part in the ‘Chalo Tank Bund’ protest across the state,  he said there was no maoist participation as alleged.

“RTC workers and members of different political parties voluntarily  took part in the agitation. There were no Maoists. It was unfortunate  and sad that such allegations were made,” he said.

He also denounced the detention and house arrest of leaders  of different political parties ahead of the ‘Chalo Tank Bund’ protest.

The police had taken thousands of protesters into preventive custody  in the city and other parts of the state ahead of the protest march  on Saturday.

 According to police, TSRTC employees’ unions, who were supported  by some frontal organisations of Maoists and their friendly organisations  and opposition political parties hurled stones at the police and  injured seven personnel.

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