Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Tamil Nadu: Govt appeals transport employees to come back for work

Tamil Nadu: Govt appeals transport employees to come back for work

The Tamil Nadu state transport corporation (TNSTC) employees strike enters the second day despite the Madras High court orders on Friday which directed striking workers to resume work immediately or face disciplinary action. "We have chose to continue the strike and approach the Supreme Court as early as possible", said CITU chief A Soundarajajan, who held a meeting with union leaders after the court directive.

After the Madras High Court order on Friday, the state government asked them to return to work or face consequences.

Arguing on behalf of the state government, counsel Vijay Narayan said that a wage agreement had been signed with the workers.

Ex-transport min Senthil Balaji extended his support to the strike The DMK, Left parties and other opposition leaders as well as actor Kamal Haasan urged the government to bring the strike to an end by holding talks with trade unions.

The trade unions had, however, said their agitation would continue till their demands on wage revision were met by the state government.

High court first bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee said workers could not resort to such flash strikes without any prior intimation, causing trouble to public.

"I request the employees and trade unions who are involved in this unnecessary strike to realise the factual situation and get back to work as per the court directive", he said.

The workers of the transport department have been demanding for a pay scale revision to Rs 30,000.

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He also warned that strict action will be taken against private buses who charge extra amount from passengers.

'Those who don't come to work and cause hardship to the public must face the consequences, ' the court told the drivers.

"The alternative measures that are being taken by the government will only worsen the problem".

The agitating trade unions, however, remained firm on their demands relating to a wage-fixation mechanism.

Employees affiliated to ruling AIADMK-backed Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai were plying buses, but reports reaching here said a large number of vehicles were off the road in different parts of the state like Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Madurai among others. But soon after the meeting, transport minister M R Vijayabaskar ruled out any negotiations with the trade unions.

In the capital city, Chennai, a stone pelting incident has occurred at a bus depot.

A majority of the people continued to rely on trains, autorickshaws and private buses for their daily commute.

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