Tamil Nadu Bus Strike Continues For The 8th Consecutive Day

Tamil Nadu Bus Strike Continues For The 8th Consecutive Day

Transport workers' unions in Tamil Nadu have chose to carry on their indefinite stir notwithstanding the Tamil Nadu government's announcement to release Rs 750 crore towards retirement benefits.

Around 17 trade unions had gone on an indefinite strike after rejecting the state government's proposal to hike the wages of the transport workers by 2.44 times arguing that their salaries should be equivalent to what drivers in other state government corporations are getting. "We are ready to talk to the government, provided it is ready to accept our demands", Soundararajan told Catch.

The Tamil Nadu government came under controversy recently, when they almost doubled the salaries of its MLAs while the transport workers were on strike demanding increase in wages. "This will be provided before Pongal festival", he said. The statement outlined the demand of the state government to among others "fullfill all the demands of Tamil Nadu state transport workers".

-Immediately release terminal benefits of retired transport employees which are kept pending for more than 15 years.

"In the interest of children, students, patients, elders, commuters and larger section of the society, the issue has been referred to the arbitrator to adjudicate the wage dispute and the effective date of such revision of wage", the High Court bench said.

The Tamil Nadu government had hired temporary drivers to run buses over the last eight days.

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The bill proposes to increase the monthly salary of the legislators from the existing Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh. Centre of Indian Trade Unions leader A Soundarajan also announced that transport workers would resume duties from Friday.

"The strike is being temporarily withdrawn keeping in mind the welfare of the people of the state", he added. The unions had called for a 2.57 percent hike, to which the government offered only 2.44 percent, leading to a stalemate.

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

Lauding the workers for their unity, he said, "This strike is being suspended".

Describing the stir as being for the sake of the workers as also for the common people of the state, the unions have said they will intensify the stir.

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