Despite K. Chandrashekar Rao’s ultimatum, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees continued their strike on the 4th of November.
On the 2nd of November, after a State Cabinet meeting, K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, announced a three day deadline for the TSRTC employees to rejoin their duties.
The TSRTC employees are on strike against the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government due to their unfulfilled demands, including the merging of the TSRTC with the State Government.
KCR said, “Those who join the duty before the fifth of this month will be given jobs. Blackmailing and unions will not work with me. No question of the TSRTC merger with the State Government under any circumstances.”
During the Cabinet meeting, the State Government also announced the privatisation of 5,100 routes to make travel easier for commuters.
K. Chandrashekar Rao said, “The permission for private buses is to provide a level playing field. There will be 50% RTC and 50% private buses in Telangana.”
Giving a warning to the TSRTC employees, KCR said, “If they (TSRTC workers) don’t return to work by the 5th of November midnight, we will privatise the remaining 5,000 routes.”
However, the TSRTC employees are not ready to give up their stir and continued the protest. E. Ashwathama, the Convenor of the TSRTC Joint Action Committee (JAC,) said, “There is nothing to fear as the Government cannot do anything to us. The High Court (HC) will decide. We are not going to step back from the strike until the Government holds a discussion on all demands.” He further said, “We do not fear this threats or deadlines. No one has any right to take away our jobs (sic.)”
Approximately 48,800 TSRTC employees are on an indefinite strike since the 5th of October. The strike entered its 31st day on the 4th of November.
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