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14 Oct 2019 | 08:04 PM UTC

India: Transportation strike and related protests continue in Telangana October 14 /update 1

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Members of transportation unions continue to strike and protest in Telangana October 14 and call for a statewide general strike on October 19; severe transportation and business disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Telangana state

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Event

As of Monday, October 14, employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) have continued to strike and protest for the 11th consecutive day and have called for further protest actions to take place in the coming days across Telangana, and particularly in Hyderabad.

Road blockage and human chain actions will be held on Tuesday, October 15, while associated student rallies are expected on Wednesday, October 16. Further protests are scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 17, and Friday, October 18. A statewide bandh (general strike) has also been called for Saturday, October 19.

Severe business and transportation disruptions, along with an increased demand for alternative means of transportation, and heightened security measures are expected across the state during the strike action.

Context

Employees of the TSRTC launched an indefinite strike across Telangala on  October 5. Unions representing TSRTC staff have expressed 26 demands, including pay revision, job security, and merging with the government, but talks held with state officials failed to address their concerns.

Since the beginning of the strike, only 20 percent of transportation services have been running in the capital of Hyderabad and provincial buses have also been affected.

Advice

Individuals in Telangala are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation delays and cancelations, allow additional time to travel during the strike, and avoid any associated street protests as a precaution.

 

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