The lorry and taxi driver unions of Telangana extended their support to the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) union and threatened to call for a strike.
On the 11th of October, the joint action committees (JACs) of the lorry and taxi drivers expressed disappointment with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government.
K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, announced to reorganise the TSRTC services with new employees and additional buses, instead of agreeing to the demands of the existing TSRTC employees.
The TRS Government also fired 1,200 employees and suspended 48,800 employees, who participated in the strike. The reason behind the strike was the long standing demand of the TSRTC employees to merge the TSRTC with the State Government and to improve the welfare schemes for the employees.
M. Saibaba, the General Secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU,) said the matter of the TSRTC is not only limited to them but is now a concern for all the trade unions in the State.
Mr. Saibaba also said the trade unions’ leaders will also participate in the solidarity meeting scheduled to be held on the 14th of October at Indira Park.
Shaik Salauddin, the Chairman of the JAC of Taxi Drivers, said, “We are working towards solutions to problems of RTC workers and have also decided to put forward our pending demands. We have been asking the Government to implement meter system and fix cab fare at Rs. 22 per km. We prepared a representation with 10 pending demands, which we will be submitting it to the Transport Minister.”
The TSRTC employees are continuing their strike against the Telangana Government. Opposition parties like the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS,) the Communist Party of India [Marxist] (CPI[M]) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) extended their support to the TSRTC workers.
The indefinite strike started on the 5th of October and entered its 6th day on the 11th of October.
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