Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

They said that the governor was supporting the minority government that is ruling the state.

When the bill was tabled at the Assembly, DMK's whip Chakarapani opposed it saying that his party did not agree to the idea of a hike in the present situation.

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Since last Thursday, drivers belonging to the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation have been on an indefinite strike demanding a revision of their wages.

These MLAs had met the then governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and said they had lost confidence in the Chief Minister, a day after the formal merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and now Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on August 21. (TNSTC) employees intensified across the state on its seventh day on Wednesday with the family members of employees joining the demonstrations.

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The striking unions want the factor for wage revision to be fixed at 2.57 times, even as the government is insisting on 2.44 times. Stalin said "Salary hike for the MLAs is needless when the government has no money to pay transport workers". "Salary has been hiked". The Madras High Court which on Friday asked the striking workers to return to work, on Monday maintained the workers were entitled to their legitimate dues. The agitating unions have been demanding a 2.57% hike in wages. With no middle path achieved, the workers have stepped up their protest.

Tamil Nadu has over 22,000 buses with a workforce of about 143,000 employees and over 10 rounds of talks have been held between the trade unions and government representatives, including transport minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar.

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Leading the charge, Stalin raised slogans and staged a walkout along with other DMK and Congress MLAs and the lone IUML legislator.

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