Seven RTC employees’ unions on Saturday have extended their support to the strike call given by APSRTC Employees’ Union on any day after January 27. Representatives of the unions said that they will go on strike as the RTC management failed to meet their demands.
‘’There are 24,577 contract drivers and conductors. However services of only 9,518 members are being regularised according to agreement made in July between the management and the employees’ union with no clarity about the remaining 15,000 workers. We demand that the services of all contract employees be regularised at the same time,’’ VS Rao, general secretary, Staff and Workers Federation, said.
Representatives of other unions demanded that Interim Relief (IR) should be provided for regular employees and that temporary system of recruiting people should be scrapped.
Confirming the strike call, PJ Chandrasekhar Rao, honorary president, APSRTC Employees’ Union, said: ‘’Our talks with the management regarding wage revision and Interim Relief have failed. We will go on strike from January 27 or 28 as per the strike notice that we served earlier,’’ he said.