Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has announced to take up a strike from June 13 as a face-off with the management. In regard to the issues of downsizing the workforce, workers' demands over financial ramifications, the APSRTC will be protesting against the state government, which owes Rs 600 crore towards subsidy reimbursements and other payments.

While seeking capital infusion to overcome the financial constraints, the APSRTC also plans to address the proposal for a hike in the ticket prices with the state government.
As the talks with the management failed to yield any results on Tuesday, the Joint Action Committee of workers met on Wednesday to take a decision on the next steps to be taken.

Stating that the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director (VC&MD) N Surendra Babu was not consulting workers and taking unilateral decisions, JAC Convener P Damodar Rao said that they will intensify the strike preparations across all the depots. Meetings will be conducted at all depots on May 28, 29 to formulate the plans for the strike bringing awareness among the staff and public regarding the strike.

Pointing out that they gave the strike notice to the officials on May 9, explaining their demands, the JAC Convener shared that there were no efforts made to solve the issues adding that they have urged the corporation to clear pending arrears and recruit permanent staff instead of relying on private agencies. Mr Rao further mentioned that the over 53,000 staff of all cadre would participate in the strike. The JAC asserted that their strike will continue until the officials fill over 10,000 vacant posts and provide a assurance on all their demands.

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