KCR: 48k trans­port em­ploy­ees on strike are ‘self-dis­missed’

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Hyderabad: Te­lan­gana chief min­is­ter K Chan­drasekhar Rao said on Mon­day the nearly 48,000 Road Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion em­ploy­ees, who have been on strike since last three days, had “self-dis­missed” them­selves and would not be al­lowed to re­port to work. Of the 49,200 em­ploy­ees who went on strike, only 1,200 re­turned to work.

Rao had given the em­ploy­ees time till 6 pm on Oc­to­ber 5 to re­turn to work or face se­vere con­se­quences. The em­ploy­ees had gone on strike de­mand­ing a merger of the cor­po­ra­tion with the gov­ern­ment, a pro­posal which KCR, as he is pop­u­larly known, said was un­ac­cept­able. He said the gov­ern­ment and RTC man­age­ment con­sid­ers only the 1,200 em­ploy­ees who re­ported for Govt and RTC man­age­ment con­sider only 1,200 em­ploy­ees who re­ported for work as their own and the rest as out­siders. There is no need for govt to dis­miss them. By stay­ing away from work, they dis­missed them­selves. They will not be al­lowed to re­port for work work as their own and the rest as out­siders. “There is no need for the gov­ern­ment to dis­miss the oth­ers. The gov­ern­ment has also not dis­missed them. By stay­ing away from work, the rest have dis­missed them­selves. It is con­sid­ered ‘self­dis­missal’. They did not heed the re­quest of the gov­ern­ment or the man­age­ment to re­port for work,” KCR said at a re­view meet­ing on this is­sue.

“The be­hav­iour of the unions and the em­ploy­ees has shown that they have cut down the very branches on which they were sit­ting,” KCR said.

The union has de­cided to move court im­me­di­ately and le­gal ex­perts have said it’s not pos­si­ble to sack peo­ple en masse with­out fol­low­ing pro­ce­dure laid down by law.

Now, as part of the con­tin­gency plan, the CM said DGP M Ma­hen­dar Reddy has been asked to pro­vide se­cu­rity at all bus de­pots and sta­tions so that “those who with­drew from work” fail to cre­ate any prob­lem.

— K CHAN­DRASEKHAR RAO

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