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8 day strike by TN transport workers called off 'temporarily'

8 day strike by TN transport workers called off 'temporarily'

Following the Court's intervention, strike was effectively called off late last night. This comes at a time when the state is reeling under transport strike by bus drivers, demanding an increase in their daily wages.

"The strike is being temporarily withdrawn keeping in mind the welfare of the people of the state", he added.

On January 4, an indefinite strike was called by transport unions, demanding a pay hike among other things, following the failure of talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Tamil Nadu Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabaskar.

While unions wanted a 2.57 times hike, the government offered only 2.44, resulting in the stalemate.

"Therefore, with most of the demands of the transport corporation staff being accepted, the workers should immediately withdraw their strike in the interest of the people and return to work", he appealed, reported PTI. "This strike is being suspended".

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The strike had severely crippled the public sector bus services causing vast hardship to the public, including office-goers in cities, though the government tried to maintain services by roping in temporary drivers and private buses.

While over 17 trade unions, including the CITU and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-backed Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), are taking part in the protest, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-backed Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai (ATP) also joined the agitation on Tuesday in Dindigul district.

A statement of support for the striking transport workers was issued by the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) who in a letter criticized the actions of the state government and the state transport authority.

It granted one month time for the arbitrator to submit the report.

A bench of the High Court while hearing a PIL though told the state government that it must take earnest steps to address the genuine grievances of the employees and pay forthwith to them the statutory dues.


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