Tamil Nadu bus strike: 10 key points

Frederick Owens
January 8, 2018

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.

Stating that the High Court order to call off the strike goes against natural justice, the unions blamed the government for the inconvenience caused to the commuters.

As the strike entered the second day on Friday crippling operation of the eight transport corporation running about 21,000 buses, the first bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee ordered the workers to resume work or face the effect including termination and contempt of court. The court intervened in the matter after a journalist filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the unions strike.

Tamil Nadu MLA KR Rajakrishnan on Saturday drove a bus and dropped off 70 commuters at their destinations after he saw their plight when he visited a bus terminus to assess the impact of the state transport strike, The News Minute reported.

"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 commuters in the state have been forced to depend on autos and the rental cab services, specifically on Ola, which has had a drastic hike in the fares.

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The striking unions wanted the "factor" for revision to be fixed at 2.57 while the government insisted it be 2.44.

Around 1.8 crore passengers avail the bus services across the state, reports said. "They have no money to prove a reasonable hike to transport workers", he said.

The strike started on Thursday night after a meeting between union representatives and State transport minister MR Vijaybhaskar remained inconclusive.

Taking a serious view of the strike called by certain unions, it said the workers should get back to work or "face consequences", including termination and contempt of court.

Soundararajan said that the workers resorted to strike as the government went ahead with signing wage agreement without talks concluding.

The workers of the transport department have been demanding for a pay scale revision to Rs 30,000. "But they even refused that", he said.

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