8 day strike by TN transport workers called off 'temporarily'

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2018

They will resume duties from tomorrow morning.

The striking unions wanted the wage revision to be fixed at 2.57 times - while the state government insisted it be 2.44.

The workers struck work citing other demands also like pending dues for serving and retired personnel.

While the state government has been repeatedly urged to call of the strike and called for negotiations, the trade unions are adamant at continuing the stir until their demands are accepted by the government.

Soundararajan said the unions will put forth before the arbitrator their arguments on the 2.44 factor. The bench made a proposal that the government would implement the 2.44% wage hike immediately, and that transport workers should resume work immediately. "This strike is being suspended".

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Vijayabhaskar said the protesting employees should accept the revised wage package announced by the government, call off their strike and return to work considering the plight of the public.

While over 17 trade unions, including the CITU and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-backed Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), are taking part in the protest, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-backed Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai (ATP) also joined the agitation on Tuesday in Dindigul district.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court on Thursday appointed an arbitrator to settle the wage dispute with the government.

A bench of the High Court while hearing a PIL though told the state government that it must take earnest steps to address the genuine grievances of the employees and pay forthwith to them the statutory dues.

It declined to agree to the request of the unions to refer the correctness and validity of the alleged settlement of January 4 as one of the terms of reference.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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