Tamil Nadu: High Court asks bus strikers to resume services

Casey Dawson
January 7, 2018

Bus services in Tamil Nadu continue to remain paralysed for the third consecutive day on Saturday despite a court order against the flash strike by the transport workers and government's frantic efforts to make alternative arrangements.

"There will be an interim order restraining the transport workers, specially, the drivers and conductors, from taking recourse to strike", the court said.

"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.

More than 15,000 government buses stayed off roads on Friday as transport workers declared an indefinite strike seeking salary hike and pay parity with drivers in other departments.

The state's AIADMK government hired temporary drivers and roped in private bus service operators.

Hours later, state Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar issued the ultimatum to the employees to resume work or face action and reiterated that the present wage agreement was "unprecedented" in many aspects.

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Apart from the latest talks, the trade unions have earlier held 10 rounds of talks with the government and have demanded an increase of 2.57% hike.

"You can take disciplinary action, as well as departmental action".

However, reports received here said a large number of vehicles were off the road in different parts of the state like Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Madurai. They called the strike on Thursday evening after unions said talks with Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar on revising their salary and pending dues and arrears amounting to almost Rs 7,000 crore did not result in any breakthrough.

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

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

The striking unions wanted the "factor" for revision to be fixed at 2.57 while the government insisted it be 2.44. The commuters complained that auto rickshaws and taxis charged exorbitant fares as the public transport system was hit.

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