Hyderabad: Climbing down from its 47-day-old refrain that the strike would not be called off until its demands were met, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of TSRTC unions expressed willingness on Wednesday to call off the strike. The JAC, however, came up with its own condition, that the RTC management should not impose any conditions on the employees who return to work, apart from ensuring the atmosphere that prevailed before the strike.
The announcement that it was willing to call off the strike, for which it was twice given deadlines by the State government, the last being on November 5, came after a meeting convened by the JAC leaders at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) here.
JAC convener E. Ashwathama Reddy, who presided over the meeting, announced the committee’s conditions and expressed hope that the RTC management would take necessary steps in this regard.
However, he said the employees would continue the strike till the State government responded on the issue.
“The JAC has discussed in detail the directions issued by the High Court. As the court has referred the matter to the Labour Commissioner and given two weeks, the government should immediately take the demands of the employees to the notice of the Commissioner,” he said. Reddy also said the purpose of the strike was to resolve the demands of employees and not to abstain from duties.
“The employees will not sign on any papers except the duty chart once they resume duty,” he said. JAC co-convener K. Raji Reddy claimed that the RTC unions were coming forward to resolve the issue for the second time and that it was now up to the State government to take a call on it.
“We will give the government time to take a decision on our issues,” he said. The JAC had launched the indefinite strike on October 5, and it was only after more than a month that the JAC agreed to keep aside its main demand of merging the RTC with the government, a clause that the State government had made clear was impossible.
Earlier in the day, in the wake of the JAC meeting at the MGBS, the police deployed additional forces on the station premises to prevent any untoward incidents.