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TN transport workers' strike called off, relief for commuters ahead of Pongal

Tamil Nadu transport unions say they are ready to accept government’s offer of 2.44-times wage hike Transport union workers protest in Chennai on Tuesday | PTI
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 07:51

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

If the state government agrees to give an undertaking to invite unions for talks to discuss their pending demands, the unions will suspend their agitation, a lawyer representing the workers unions told the high court earlier in the day.

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

The Chief Minister stated that numerous demands made by the workers have been met and they should end their strike.

Not refusing to back down, the state government had roped in additional drivers and conductors to resume the stalled buses.

The AIADMK-backed union, besides some others, had not participated in the protests, reported NDTV. "Union representatives view this as a "labour issue" and it is up to the Unions to get involved in talks with the management", the Court observed tersely.

Through an interim order, the court appointed its former judge E. Padmanabhan as an arbitrator to resolve the dispute between the state government and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) workers over the wage revision.

Stalin said the public was facing problems due to the strike. Transport staff members have been on strike for the past 8 days, crippling bus services in the city and elsewhere.

Chennai: The bus strike by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corp. The bill proposing a pay hike looks bad given the circumstances and seems ill advised. For some who have even retired, the struggle has been a long one.