Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

"The strike is being temporarily withdrawn keeping in mind the welfare of the people of the state", he had said, adding that workers would resume work from this morning.

In a huge relief to the people of Tamil Nadu, the eight-day old strike by transport employees was "temporarily" called off by unions today ahead of the Pongal festival, which falls on January 14. Dhinakaran and the DMK staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu assembly, saying the MLAs's pay hike was unfair when the transport employees were suffering.

The striking unions want the factor for wage revision to be fixed at 2.57 times, even as the government is insisting on 2.44 times.

Few hours ago, the court urged striking Transport unions to resume to work immediately.

Along with the LPF, a section of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees affiliated to Anna Thozhir Sangam, the trade union of the ruling AIADMK, also participated in the strike.

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This comes after multiple directives from the High Court asking the employees to get back to work, citing the inconvenience that it has caused the residents of the state.

Southern Railway operated more services to cope with the extra rush due to the ongoing strike. "The government should respect the labourers", said Irualappan, a member of a labour union.

The ongoing bus strike in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu Wednesday entered seventh straight day, officials said.

The Court also appointed Justice Padmanabhan (retired) to iron out the issues between the strikers and the management (Transport Department of the State Govt.).

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