Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Several trade unions on Sunday expressed support to the APSRTC Employees Union, which called for an indefinite strike from May 11 to press its long-pending demands.

At a round table here, union president N.A. Khan said the management had gone back on several points in the agreement signed with the unions on October 19, 2005.

Among the demands of the union are regularisation of services of over 11,500 employees including drivers, conductors and technical staff on casual/contract basis, scrapping in toto the system of hiring staff under the system in future, checking illicit operations and depots' closure.

Outsourcing

B. Rama Rao, president, National Federation of Indian Road Transport Workers, expressed solidarity of its members across 13 States with the crusading RTC employees.

He regretted that for the first time in the RTC's 75-year history, 12 of the 212 depots were closed.

Outsourcing of several functions had crept into at least 160 of them.

V. Gopal Reddy, State president, Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association, said that RTC unions were `perfectly' justified and hoped the Government would hold discussions.

Among those present were V. Raja Ramamohan Rao and K. Padmakar, the union working president and general secretary respectively, M.N. Reddy, Staff and Workers' Federation president and Narasimha Rao of the Telugu Nadu Trade Union Congress.