Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tamil Nadu bus strike continues for fourth day; commuters left stranded

Tamil Nadu bus strike continues for fourth day; commuters left stranded

Meanwhile, Vijaybhaskar appealed to striking workers to return to work.

Transport union leaders said they will challenge the court order, which they said is one-sided as they were not heard. I took the bus with due clearance by authorities. The transport workers affiliated to 17 trade unions including DMK affiliated Labour Progressive Front, CITU and AITUC resorted to a flash strike from Thursday evening after the talks with the state government failed leaving thousands of commuters, particularly office-goers and students, stranded across the state.

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. "But workers have gone on strike causing inconvenience to the public", he said. We will once again meet at 5 pm today and intensify the strike till the government agrees for our proposals. "Those who don't come to work and cause hardship to the public must face the consequences, whoever they may be", the court said.

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

Anticipating that the High Court ruling would not result in normal operation of buses as the trade unions are firm in their stance of continuing the strike until all their demands are met, passengers had made their own arrangements to reach their destinations. They called the strike on Thursday evening after unions said talks with Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar on revising their salary and pending dues and arrears amounting to almost Rs 7,000 crore did not result in any breakthrough.

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On Friday afternoon, Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami called for a meeting to take stock of the situation, after the Opposition, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Left, asked the government to step in and end the strike.

In Thoothukudi district, more than 75% buses were off the road, much to the discomfort of rural people who had to rely on private buses.

The unions wanted the "factor" to be fixed at 2.57 while the government insisted that it be 2.44.

Following the strike, commuters alleged over-charging by autos and private buses even as many opted for suburban rail services in Chennai.

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