Tamil Nadu bus strike: Nobody missed the bus in Vellore

Tamil Nadu bus strike: Nobody missed the bus in Vellore

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation workers' strike, demanding a hike in their wages, entered the second day on Friday. The striking employees belong to 17 unions.

Yesterday, the Madras High Court had issued an interim order restraining the employees from striking work.

Ten trade unions had announced launching the indefinite strike yesterday after their talks with the government over a key demand on a "factor" determining wage structure failed.

Stating that the High Court order to call off the strike goes against natural justice, the unions blamed the government for the inconvenience caused to the commuters.

"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.

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Sounderrajan, who held discussions with other trade unions, including the DMK-backed Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) today, urged the government to hold talks to settle the issue amicably, even as he expressed regret over difficulties caused to commuters following the strike.

Transport workers have been demanding for a pay revision to Rs 30,000.

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

Apart from the latest talks, the trade unions have earlier held 10 rounds of talks with the government and have demanded an increase of 2.57% hike.

Transport union leaders said they will challenge the court order, which they said is one-sided as they were not heard.

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When Express tried to find out what was the reason behind people not thronging bus stands, as is the norm, it came to light that after the strike began on Thursday evening most people made a decision to stay home on Friday.

The state's AIADMK government hired temporary drivers and roped in private bus service operators.

However, reports received here said a large number of vehicles were off the road in different parts of the state like Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Madurai. 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.

To give some relief to the passengers few buses including the private ones hired on the contract were operated by the government with police protection to prevent any untoward incidents.

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