TAMIL NADU

APSRTC employees to go on strike from July 4

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) employees have decided to go on strike from July 4, after the conciliation talks between the management and union leaders in the presence of the Joint Commissioner of the Labour Department failed on Monday.

The decision was announced by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of APSRTC Employees Unions. Soon after the talks, JAC members met and finalised the date.

The management was represented by the Executive Director, Operations B.R. Anand, and the Chief Personnel Manager, Jandhyala Ramesh. The JAC, comprising the Transport Mazdoor Sangh (TMS), National Mazdoor Union, Employees Union and Staff and Workers Federation, was represented by M. Nageswara Rao, Syed Mahmood, B. Rama Rao and Bhogeswara Rao respectively.

Of the 18 listed demands, 15 concern issues to be solved by the Government. The other three, which the unions agree can be solved at the management level, include medical facility for retired employees and additional benefits for drivers who have been unfit on medical grounds.

The main demands are total reimbursement of concessions, reduction of motor vehicle tax and reduction of sales tax on consumption of high speed diesel on a par with that paid by the Railways.

The TMS also protested the recent decision of the RTC's board of directors to withdraw the 50 per cent concessional travel facility to former employees. Mr. Nageswara Rao wondered how the Government could take such a decision, depriving people who had toiled for decades and termed the act "arbitrary, illegal, irrational and anti-worker."

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