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Tamil Nadu Transport Minister appeals to bus employees

Tamil Nadu Transport Minister appeals to bus employees

While the unions were demanding an increase in wages by 2.57 times, the government reportedly wanted to settle down their demands by raising it to 2.41 times.

Drivers and conductors of various state transport corporations went on a sudden strike from midnight. A few unions agreed to the deal given by the government and desisted from joining the strike. "Recourse to lighting strikes or flash strikes without notice leads to the consequences of denying the citizens of their right to free movement and is clearly illegal and against the public interest", the judge said while passing interim orders on a PIL filed in this regard. "This wage agreement had the highest revision proposed, where the minimum was Rs 2,684 while the highest was Rs 11,361", the Minister said.

"Appeal to employees to come back for duty, honorable court has also asked them to come back".

In a statement to media on Friday, Vijaybhaskar said 13th wage revision for transport employees was held on January 4.

Meanwhile, another minister KC Veeramani gave a dressing down to policemen on the streets for allegedly not taking action against agitating employees who were preventing others from joining works. "If they fail to do so, as per the law, departmental action will be initiated against them". "We will challenge the order once we get a copy of it", said A Soundararajan, president Tamil Nadu State Transport Employees Federation and CITU leader. "It will continue till our problems end". "But they even refused that", he said.

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The striking unions, immediately grabbed the opportunity to take a pot shot at the government's move.

He expressed regret over the hardship being caused to people in the wake of the strike.

The strike began on Friday after the failed talks between the union and state transport authorities.

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 may or may not have experience driving a bus". Besides, private buses were also roped in to meet the situation at several places.

In the capital city, Chennai, a stone pelting incident has occurred at a bus depot. Auto drivers were also reported to have increased the fare to three times the normal charges.


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