On welfare of employees, with special emphasis on women workers, the management had positively agreed to several demands

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport-National Mazdoor Union on Saturday announced the withdrawal of its proposed strike, with the management agreeing to its demands. The recognised union had early in the month served notice, threatening to go on strike anytime after August 14 if genuine demands of workers were not met.

The Union’s working president M. Nageshwar Rao said on Saturday that following several rounds of talks with the management, including four rounds with the corporation’s vice-chairman and managing director, A.K. Khan, it had been agreed that the services of 20,000 drivers and conductors, who are presently working on contract basis, would be regularised by September, in a phased manner.

Among 80,000 employees would get leave encashment by October this year, by allocating Rs. 55 crore, he said. “Each worker is eligible for taking three day leave every month,” he said, and said the management had given in writing about its commitment to implement the 30 demands,'' Mr. Rao said.

Also, on welfare of employees, with special emphasis on women workers, the management had positively agreed to several demands, he said, adding that a worker will get double payment for doing double duty.