HC tells Labour Commissioner to take a call on bus strike

Hyderabad, Nov 18 (PTI) The Telangana High Court onMonday directed the Labour Commissioner to decide within twoweeks whether the stir by the state-run transport corporationemployees should be referred to the Labour Court or not.

The High Court was hearing a petition to declare thestrike by the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation(TSRTC) employees as illegal and direct them to resume duty.

When contacted, Telangana advocate-general BS Prasadsaid the Labour Commissioner, on behalf of the stategovernment, is a designated authority under Section 39 of theIndustrial Disputes Act to decide whether to refer the striketo the labour court or not.

Reacting to the courts directive, the RTC employeesunion leader Aswathama Reddy said they would announce theirfuture course of action on Tuesday evening after going throughthe court order.

Aswathama Reddy and another leader Raji Reddy called offtheir two-day-old fast in support of their demands.

The two, who were shifted to the state-run OsmaniaGeneral Hospital by police on Sunday, were developing ketonebodies, hospital sources said.

The indefinite strike by the RTC employees over variousdemands entered the 45th day on Monday.

The employees began the strike on October 5 in supportof various various demands, including merger of thecorporation with government, pay revision and recruitment tovarious posts.

The employees unions have recently announced that theyare ready to set aside their main demand of merger with thegovernment.

The unions demanded that the government hold talks withthem to resolve the issue.

The state government had earlier said the employees'stir was illegal as they caused immense inconvenience to thepublic.

The government has engaged the services of temporarydrivers and conductors to operate buses. PTI GDK SJRNVG NVG