Tamil Nadu bus strike enters Day 3, no respite for passengers

Tamil Nadu bus strike enters Day 3, no respite for passengers

Tamil Nadu bus strike enters Day 3, no respite for passengers

"The new wage structure had the highest revision proposed with a minimum of Rs2,684 and a maximum of Rs11,361. hope the employees get back to work", the minister said. The court observed that Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) workers could not resort to such flash strikes without any prior intimation, causing trouble to the public.

In a statement to media on Friday, Vijaybhaskar said 13th wage revision for transport employees was held on January 4.

"The striking workers should go back to work or face the consequences, including termination and contempt of court", said the first bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, passing interim orders on a PIL filed on the issue.

The striking unions want the "factor" for wage revision to be fixed at 2.57 times while government insisted it be 2.44. "But workers have gone on strike causing inconvenience to the public", he said.

General Secretary of DMK-backed LPF, M Shanmugam, said they were not anxious about action from the government since any protest would attract action.

However, the unions said they had not received the High Court's order, adding that the court had not heard their side, PTI reported.

DMK working president MK Stalin on Friday, spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisamy over phone and expressed concern over the ongoing transport strike and urged the government to expedite talks with the unions.

Meanwhile, the Southern Railway, in an official release, said, "It is made a decision to operate weekday services instead of weekend reduced services in Chennai Beach-Tambaram and MRTS suburban sector to accommodate extra rush in view of the strike". The trade unions, however, stood their ground, turning defensive while the government jumped got into firefighting mode, roping in temporary drivers and conductors to tide over the crisis.

According to a report in the Times of India, around 1.8 crore passengers use 20,800 buses for their commute on a daily basis. They called the strike on Thursday after they said talks with Vijayabhaskar on revising their salary and pending dues and arrears amounting to almost Rs 7,000 crore did not result in any breakthrough. Besides, private buses were also roped in to meet the situation at several places.

Police were posted at bus depots to prevent any untoward incidents.

Chennai: The strike by transport workers which began last evening, continued for the second day leaving many commuters including office-goers and students stranded in the city and other parts of Tamilnadu.

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