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