Transport workers in TN reject Madras HC direction to call off strike

Posted January 07, 2018

Meanwhile, Vijaybhaskar today appealed to striking workers to return to work.

Transport union leaders said they will challenge the court order, which they said is one-sided as they were not heard. However, in most parts of the State, the government run buses were off the road.

Arguing on behalf of the state government, counsel Vijay Narayan said that a wage agreement had been signed with the workers.

The agitating unions have been demanding a 2.57% hike in wages. A few unions agreed to the deal given by the government and desisted from joining the strike.

'Those who don't come to work and cause hardship to the public must face the consequences, ' the court told the drivers.

Hours later, state Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar issued the ultimatum to the employees to resume work or face action and reiterated that the present wage agreement was "unprecedented" in many aspects.

"The new wage structure had the highest revision proposed with a minimum of Rs2,684 and a maximum of Rs11,361. hope the employees get back to work", the minister said.

In a statement to media on Friday, Vijaybhaskar said 13th wage revision for transport employees was held on January 4.

Responding to the government warning of action, Sounderrajan said it did not befit the former and insisted that it should opt for talks to end the stalemate. The High Court said that the government could take action against those who have stopped work.

General Secretary of DMK-backed LPF, M Shanmugam, said they were not anxious about action from the government since any protest would attract action.

While the talks held by 45 trade union representatives with transport minister M.R. Vijyabaskar did not reach a consensus on Thursday, some buses went off the roads leaving passengers stranded. Auto drivers were also reported to have increased the fare to three times the normal charges.

The indefinite strike was announced after the peace talks between the government and unions failed yesterday for the eleventh time. He said that buses will be operated with the help of the workers in the Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai, a trade union affiliated to the AIADMK.