Tamil Nadu bus strike continues: All you need to know – Top developments

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New Delhi | Published: January 10, 2018 9:45:01 PM

The Court reiterated that public should not be inconvenienced with festive season around the corner

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The bus strike in Tamil Nadu continues as both the LPF and CITU have informed the Madras high court that strike will continue unless the government agrees to suspend the settlement signed and resumes the negotiation. However, earlier in the day the transport unions said that they are ready to accept the 2.44 percent wage hike in salary. The unions urged Madras High Court to direct Tamil Nadu government to hold talks with them. Earlier today the Madras High Court urged the striking Transport unions to resume work immediately. The Court reiterated that public should not be inconvenienced with festive season around the corner. The court also said that government should immediately implement the wage hike of 2.44 percent. What added fuel to fire was a bill, introduced today proposing to double the monthly salary and other allowances for MLAs even as the state reels under a crippling transport strike. The bill, if passed, will pave the way for almost doubling the salary of the state’s 235 legislators – from Rs. 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh a month. Chief Minister E Palaniswamy, who floored the bill in the House today appealed to the transport unions to accept the proposal of the government which promises 2.44 times salary hike and call off the strike. However, the 17 Transport Unions in question have maintained that nothing less than a 2.57 times salary hike would do. The transport workers strike in the state has affected Pongal plans of people in Tamil Nadu in jeopardy. The State Express Transport Corporation, which operates long distance services has stopped booking of tickets from Monday, reports the New Indian Express. According to the report, as many as 70,000 passengers who had booked their tickets in SETC to travel to their hometowns are also in a spot of bother over the uncertainty of TNSTC and SETC bus operations. Here are major points which explain the current transport strike

Notably, the 17 transport trade unions on strike include those affiliated to the opposition DMK and the Left

The strike has been ongoing in the state since past seven days

Tamil Nadu transport unions on Wednesday said that they were ready to accept the 2.44 percent wage hike offered by the government

They also urged the Madras High Court to direct the Tamil Nadu government to hold talks with them

The striking unions want the “factor” for wage revision to be fixed at 2.57 times while the state government insisted it be 2.44

On January 5, the Madras High Court had issued an interim order restraining employees from going on strike. The government had also asked workers to return to work and warned it will not hesitate to take action as per the law

As many as 17 trade unions had launched the indefinite strike since January 4 night, with scores of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) staff joining the protest

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