Tamil Nadu: High Court asks bus strikers to resume services

Tamil Nadu: High Court asks bus strikers to resume services

Tamil Nadu: High Court asks bus strikers to resume services

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 outcome including termination and contempt of court.

MDMK chief Vaiko said the government should accede to the transport workers' demands and bring the strike to an end. Across the state, 90% of the state and corporation run buses went off the roads due to which daily passengers and long distance travellers stranded and felt helpless.

However, the trade unions were firm on their demand and said agitation would continue till their demands on wage revision were met.

Office-goers and students bore the brunt of the strike by employees owing allegiance to 17 unions.

"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. "We will move the court on Monday", said CITU state general secretary A. Soundararajan. "If the court has passed an order without out hearing our views, it amounts denial of natural justice".

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He also said they have not received any communication from the court about ending their strike.

In a statement, DMK working president M.K. Stalin urged Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to hold direct talks with the transport unions and resolve the issues they had raised.

"I have been waiting for a few hours now, but the bus is not running". On Saturday, officials in a number of districts in the state recruited temporary drivers and conductors with valid licences and operated government buses, The Hindu reported.

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.

Following the strike, commuters alleged over-charging by autos and private buses even as scores opted for suburban rail services in Chennai.

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