Bus strike hits commuters in Tamil Nadu

TN Bus strike

Bus strike hits commuters in Tamil Nadu

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

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. Workers are demanding wage hike among other things.

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. The government has given many recommendations on strikes by nurses as well.

Soundararajan said that the workers resorted to strike as the government went ahead with signing wage agreement without talks concluding.

Taking a serious view of the strike called by certain transport unions, the Madras High Court on Friday said the workers should get back to work or "face consequences", including termination and contempt of court. He said, "Thirty employees refused to accept the agreement".

"The alternative measures that are being taken by the government will only worsen the problem". "If they fail to do so, as per the law, departmental action will be initiated against them".

While the talks held by 45 trade union representatives with transport minister M.R. Vijyabaskar did not reach a consensus on Thursday, some buses went off the roads leaving passengers stranded.

With the majority of the workers going on strike, the transport corporations could operate only skeleton bus services with the helps drivers affiliated with the ruling AIADMK's union and private drivers for the operation.

Earlier, Chief Minister E Palaniswamy chaired a meeting of ministers and senior officials to take stock of the situation, even as opposition parties including the DMK and the Left, besides actor Kamal Haasan, urged the government to end the stalemate by holding talks with trade unions.

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. Auto drivers were also reported to have increased the fare to three times the normal charges.

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