TN transport strike to continue. MLA pay hike adds to workers' anger

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

CITU leader A Soundarrajan on Thursday night had announced that the indaefinite strike was being "temporarily" called off.

Chennai: Commuters breathed a sigh of relief as government buses began plying on Friday, following the withdrawal of the statewide bus strike by Tamil Nadu Transporters Union. Also, the salary hike for MLAs is needless when government has no money to pay transport workers. Around noon, the special bench took up the case for hearing, recording the two-hour-long arguments put forth by senior counsel V Prakash and advocate N G R Prasad, who represented the unions.

While Chief Minister reiterated the government's willingness to increase wages by 2.44 times, the trade unions have refused to concede and have lambasted the government for the MLA salary hike bill. "This strike is being suspended. Postponed", he said and lauded the workers for their unity and discipline shown during this period.

Both leaders insisted that workers will resume work from early Friday.

The strike had severely crippled the public sector bus services causing huge hardship to the public, including office-goers in cities, though the government tried to maintain services by roping in temporary drivers and private buses.

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 bench, comprising Justices S Manikumar and M Govindaraj, appointed Padmanabhan to adjudicate the difference of 0.13 multiplying factor (wage hike) and the date on which it should be applied and directed employees to return to work. The President of the Employee's Union Periasamy blames the government for not paying attention to the continuing problems of the staff.

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