Tamil Nadu Transport Workers Temporarily Call Off Their Indefinite Strike

Tamil Nadu transport unions withdraw strike to resume work from Friday

The Tamil Nadu transporters' strike had entered its eighth day on Thursday | PTI

This comes after multiple directives from the High Court asking the employees to get back to work, citing the inconvenience that it has caused the residents of the state.

However, the bench refused to include the other demands of the trade unions, including wages during the strike period and dropping of criminal and departmental actions taken against the striking workers as a subject matter of the arbitration, saying the unions can not seek to adjudicate what is not their case. The workers have reportedly returned to work and have resumed their work starting this Friday.

On the third day of strike, Vijayabaskar had appealed to bus employees to return to work.

On the other hand, with temporary drivers being pressed into service, accidents have been reported from various districts across the state.

Earlier on Sunday, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy to initiate talks with transport employees and take suitable actions to end the ongoing strike in the state.

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The AIADMK-backed union, besides some others, had not participated in the protests. The letter was written in part due to IT employees being beneficiaries of public transport.

Few hours ago, the court urged striking Transport unions to resume to work immediately.

Approaching the busy Pongal festive period, the number of people travelling by bus increases significantly.

The ongoing bus strike in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu Wednesday entered seventh straight day, officials said.

A report in Thozhilalar Koodam, a blog on labour issues in Tamil Nadu, outlined some of the details of the strike. One can deduce the obvious from proposing a pay hike for legislators while thousands of transport workers who earn a fraction of what MLA's do, demand better pay.

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