TN bus strike enters 8th day

Tamil Nadu reels under transport strike but E Palaniswami tables MLA salary hike bill

Tamil Nadu reels under transport strike but E Palaniswami tables MLA salary hike bill

17 trade unions and workers associated with DMK and left parties went on strike after the Tamil Nadu Government rejected their pay hike proposal.

The usual hustle and bustle at the bus stands in Chennai and Coimbatore was seen restored and the commuters expressed delight post the eight-day-long strike.

"The strike is being temporarily withdrawn keeping in mind the welfare of the people of the state", he had announced. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees have been demanding wage hikes for over a year and clearance of arrears amounting to Rs 7,543 crore, including retirement benefits and provident fund. Thousands of state transport workers represented by various unions have gone on strike demanding higher pay.

The court, which came down heavily on the striking workers for holding the people to ransom, asked the unions to listen to their conscience while taking a call on the issue.

The workers struck work citing other demands also like pending dues for serving and retired personnel.

On the other hand, with temporary drivers being pressed into service, accidents have been reported from various districts across the state.

However, on Thursday, the unions told the Madras High Court that they would resume work immediately if the court would refer the wage dispute to arbitration. "The government should respect the labourers", said Irualappan, a member of a labour union. This is unnecessary when the state is facing severe problems. The strike has affected the passengers across the state.

There are almost 1.4 lakh workers in the TN's transport department who handle around 22,500 buses.

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