Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

Dhinakaran condemned CM Palanisamy over special service for MLAs amidst statewide bus strike

Dhinakaran condemned CM Palanisamy over special service for MLAs amidst statewide bus strike

Leader of Opposition and DMK's working President MK Stalin raised objections when the Bill was being introduced, stating, "We are strongly opposing the draft which provides Salary hike for MLAs".

According to reports, the monthly salary and other allowances paid to MLAs will be increased from the existing ₹55,000 to ₹1.05 lakh, almost a 100 per cent hike.

The Tamil Nadu government is willing to increase the wage of transport workers by 2.44 times, but the workers who are on an indefinite strike want a 2.57 time hike.

Opposing the bill, Dhinakaran asked the Tamil Nadu government how they could double the salary of MLAs when they were unwilling to pay striking bus drivers.

Transport workers of 13 unions including CITU, LPF have been striking since Friday evening across Tamil Nadu demanding wage hike and other demands.

"Protests would continue in front of Tamil Nadu Labour Welfare Board offices across the state of Tamil Nadu", said Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) leader A. Soundarrajan.

TN government had stated that finances of transport department had been very critical and that was the main reason for not accepting the wage proposed by the transport union.

Transport Minister M R Vijayabhaskar has defended the proposed hike citing poor financial status of the transport corporations and appealed to the employees to resume work. It would be in the interests of the employees themselves to withdraw their mass agitation and resume work immediately. The transport union's strike entered the seventh day on Wednesday.

On the other hand, with temporary drivers being pressed into service, accidents have been reported from various districts across the state. Trade unions, however, have refused to comply with the court.

On the dues of retired transport workers, he said the government has agreed to clear the amount even before the harvest festival of Pongal which falls on January 14. The High Court, however, noted that no protesting worker can be terminated from service without the permission of the court.

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