Tamil Nadu transport unions withdraw strike, to resume work from Friday

Tamil Nadu transport unions withdraw strike, to resume work from Friday

Tamil Nadu transport unions withdraw strike, to resume work from Friday

CITU leader A Soundarrajan told reporters that the strike was being "temporarily" called off, keeping in mind the people who have made plans to travel home for the Tamil harvest festival pongal, falling on Sunday.

Bus services in Chennai and elsewhere normalized from last night following a direction by the High Court of Madras to the striking Transport staff members to commence work at the earliest.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin also opposed the bill and said, "People will laugh at us for this hike when transport workers in the state are on strike demanding a salary hike".

Around 17 unions had participated in the bus strike, severely crippling public sector bus services for the past week.

The bench noted that government agreed to three of five demands by the unions, subject to employees resuming work from this evening. "This will be provided before Pongal festival", he said. The disputes relating to 0.13% further wage hike and other issues could be heard later on merits, the bench said. Also, the salary hike for MLAs is needless when government has no money to pay transport workers.

The AAP and CPI (M) showed their support for the Tamil Nadu transport workers.

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While the state government has been repeatedly urged to call of the strike and called for negotiations, the trade unions are adamant at continuing the stir until their demands are accepted by the government.

Chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, in the state assembly on Tuesday, urged workers to accept the government's offer and withdraw the strike.

"It is nothing but our own money that the government has illegally misappropriated".

TNSTC employees have been fighting for over a year for wage revision and clearance of arrears amounting to Rs7,543 crore, including retirement benefits and provident fund.

Tamil Nadu has over 22,000 buses with a workforce of about 143,000 employees.

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