Andhra Pradesh transport workers call off strike


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Hyderabad: State-owned Andhra Pradesh buses returned to the roads of Telangana region yesterday after strikers decided their protest had greatly inconvenienced the public.

All 60,000 Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) employees returned to work here and in nine other districts of the region following Saturday night's decision by their leaders to defer the strike.

The decision brought immense relief to those who rely on state-owned transport. There was virtually no public transport for 28 days in the sprawling region.

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While a section of employees called off the strike last week, a majority of the workers continued with it. The APSRTC management operated about 30 per cent of its 10,000 buses, mainly in Hyderabad and Khammam districts, in recent days. However, that wasn't enough.

According to APSRTC officials, the strike resulted in daily losses of Rs5.1 million (Dh374,630). The leaders of the APSRTC Joint Action Committee made the announcement on Saturday after the Telangana Joint Action Committee, which is spearheading the movement for a Telangana state, exempted them from the "people's strike".