TN bus strike enters 8th day

Edappadi K Palaniswami

Edappadi K Palaniswami

His remarks came on a day when the government tabled a bill to give a 100 per cent salary hike to MLAs. However, the state government has refused to accept their demands.

Chennai: The ongoing transport strike by trade unions and impact of Cyclone Ockhi in Kanyakumari district are some of the matters that are expected to be in focus as the Tamil Nadu Assembly session begins on Monday. Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami (L) and deputy CM O Panneerselvam (C) are seated in the front row. "People will laugh at this hike when transport workers are on strike for a salary hike", he told reporters. Speaker asked the DMK chief whip whether he did not want the salary hike.

The government was pushing for the implementation of the proposal - announced in July previous year - days after refusing a salary hike demanded by striking bus workers in the state. "For the past two days, the family members of the striking workers are on the street but the government is not doing anything about it", Stalin said.

Transport workers have been demanded for a pay revision to Rs 30,000 though, the authorities are only ready to pay Rs 24,400. With no middle path achieved, the workers have stepped up their protest.

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Leading the charge, Stalin raised slogans and staged a walkout along with other DMK and Congress MLAs and the lone IUML legislator.

The High Court reiterates that public should not be inconvenienced with festive season around the corner, says, the government should immediately implement the wage hike of 2.44%.

Tamil Nadu has over 22,000 buses with a workforce of about 143,000 employees and over 10 rounds of talks have been held between the trade unions and government representatives, including transport minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar.

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