Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

Indian travellers stand next to buses parked at a depot during a transport strike in Chennai

Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

CITU leader A Soundarrajan on Thursday night had announced that the indaefinite strike was being "temporarily" called off.

On the MLA hike, DMK's MK Stalin said, "People will laugh at us for this hike when transport workers in the state are on strike demanding salary hike". The strikers agreed to the State Govt.'s proposal to increase their pay via 2.44 times hike formula and called off the strike.

Around 17 unions had participated in the bus strike, severely crippling public sector bus services for the past week. The transport union has been demanding the minimum pay of Rs.19, 500 and for the government to settle dues for employees who have been in retirement since 2013. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palanisamy has asked the transport unions to withdraw strike and report to work immediately.

Launching the strike on January 4, the union had said that they were compelled to go on the stir, as despite "21 rounds of talks in the last 16 months" the government failed to arrive at a decision regarding the unions' demands for wage revision.

The day also saw the Tamil Nadu government introducing a Bill in the Assembly proposing to double the monthly salary and other allowances for MLAs.

The AAP and CPI (M) showed their support for the Tamil Nadu transport workers. The strike has affected the passengers across the state. "Postponed", he said and lauded the workers for their unity and discipline shown during this period. (TNSTC) employees intensified across the state on its seventh day on Wednesday with the family members of employees joining the demonstrations. Tamil Nadu State Transport minister MR Vijayabaskar said these unions were spreading false information about the government's efforts.

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