Tamil Nadu transport strike enters 7th day, unions say stir will continue

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

He dismissed as "false" reports which have quoted him saying that the unions were ready to accept wage revision by the 2.44 multiplication factor, as proposed by the state government. The hike we've offered alone will cost an additional Rs. 1,000 crore a year.

On January 9, family members of striking employees in Tamil Nadu protested against the state government after the request to increase the daily wages was put down.

"The Tamil Nadu government continues to be insensitive towards the workers' demands".

While the state government has been repeatedly urged to call of the strike and called for negotiations, the trade unions are adamant at continuing the stir until their demands are accepted by the government. "I appeal to workers...they should return to work", he said.

Southern Railway operated more services to cope with the extra rush due to the ongoing strike.

In a related development, 19 employees of transport corporations in Madurai, Thanjavur and Kumbakonam have been suspended for allegedly indulging in violence and causing damage to public property during the strike.

Responding to the criticism of striking before the busy Pongal holiday period, he said, "The Transport Minister will have to solve it", essentially not giving the government in general and the minister in particular any breathing room with regards to an outcome of the discussions.

A PIL petition was filed with the Court requesting it to bring to an end the strike by transport staff as people wanting to rush to their native places from Chennai would find it tough if the strike prolonged further. Though the strike is statewide, the bulk of those affected will be in populous urban areas.

In several districts, a majority of the buses stayed off roads prompting the transport department authorities to operate them with temporary drivers and conductors.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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