Thousands throng depots to join duties as RTC JAC call off stir, MD refuses to take them

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Telangana RTC Employees JAC has called off its 52-day stir from today asked its employees to join back duties unconditionally. However, the RTC management refused to take them back and resorting to arrests of employees.

Thousands of RTC employees began thronging depots across Telangana to join back their duties but in vain as they could not due to refusal of the management to take them back. In a press note released here today, the RTC MD Sunil Sharma termed the decision of JAC to join back duties as ridiculous. “Nowhere in any Public Sector Undertaking in the country, workers and employees abstaining from duties and joining their duties at their whims and fancies will never happen nor it can be accepted”, he said.

The RTC employees and workers have abstained from duties on their own and were on an illegal strike. Neither the RTC Management nor the state government asked them to go on strike. They went on an illegal and illogical strike during important festivals like Bathukamma, Dussera and Deepavali and have caused immense inconvenience to the people. “The RTC workers and employees are on an illegal strike now”, he said and declared that as per the directives of the High Court, Labour Commissioner will take a suitable decision on the RTC workers’ strike. Based on the Labour Commissioner’s decision, the RTC Management would act. Everything will be done in tune with the existing Laws and Acts. “Till then, everyone should maintain restraint”, he appealed.

Till the process as suggested by the High Court is completed, workers who are on illegal strike cannot be taken back on duties. It will not be possible under Acts and rules for the workers who went on strike on their own and to join duties again. Workers have incurred losses listening to the Union’s words. Workers should not suffer further believing in the words of Unions’, he added.

Meanwhile, large scale arrests are being made at every depot in the state with more and more number of workers continue to pour since morning. Many anxious workers especially women employees were seen crying for fear of losing their jobs. A large number of police was deployed at every depot and preventing employees from entering it.