Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Indian state of Tamil Nadu enters 7th day

Indian state of Tamil Nadu enters 7th day

Bus strike continued for the eight consecutive day in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

Advocate General Vijay Narayan, after getting instruction from the government, told the court that the government agrees to the arbitration, but refused to accept other demands. The protest started last week when state transport drivers stopped driving public buses demanding wage hike by the state government. "This will be provided before Pongal festival", he said.

An official noting the loss the state incurred due to the workers strike said, "We incur a loss of Rs. 9 crore every day as we've not hiked tariff for years".

-Immediately release terminal benefits of retired transport employees which are kept pending for more than 15 years.

The demands of TNSTC employees include wage revision and payment of dues for retired employees.

When the Bill hiking the salary for MLAs from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.

"The strike is being temporarily withdrawn keeping in mind the welfare of the people of the state", he added.

While unions wanted a 2.57 times hike, the government offered only 2.44, resulting in the stalemate.

"The Tamil Nadu government continues to be insensitive towards the workers' demands".

Both the LPF and CITU categorically informed a special bench of the Madras HC headed by Justice S Manikumar on Wednesday that there was no scope to withdraw the strike unless the government agreed to suspend the settlement that was signed and resumed negotiations.

Describing the stir as being for the sake of the workers as also for the common people of the state, the unions have said they will intensify the stir.

Joined by their family members, including children, workers staged demonstrations outside divisional offices of state-owned transport corporations across the state.

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