Tamil Nadu: Here is why Transport workers went on strike – All you need to know

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Updated: January 5, 2018 11:10:44 PM

On Friday, agitated transport worker unions including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), had announced an indefinite strike owing to their unfulfilled demands.

Tamil nadu transport workers, Tamil Nadu government, bus strike, Centre of Indina Trade Unions, All India Trade Union CongressOn Friday, agitated transport worker unions including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), had announced an indefinite strike owing to their unfulfilled demands. (Representative Image: IE)

On Friday, agitated transport worker unions including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), had announced an indefinite strike owing to their unfulfilled demands. They said that they won’t call the strike off unless their demands are accepted by the Tamil Nadu government. In a joint statement, workers unions said ” The government had held 21 rounds of talks with them in the last 16 months but had not been able to come to a decision on the wage revision issue,” as reported by Times of India.

They further put forth their concerns pointing out that the strike is meant for the “sake of public”. After the failure in the wage-related talks with the Tamil Nadu government, the buses stayed off the roads, perhaps, creating inconvenience for the public. In its order, the Madras High Court had today asked the Transport workers to return back to their work following the inconvenience faced by the commuters. The court had perhaps warned the workers to return back to work else face consequences. Here is all you need to know about this transport strike:

  •  Transport workers have said that strike was a result of the “failure of talks” between Tamil Nadu government and the transport unions, which lasted for about 16 months and so far, no breakthrough has resulted. The strike ended its second day today.
  • Transport Unions have urged the government to provide them with the required amount of money for the buses to work better and be in good condition. They have further said that the strike was for the “sake of public,” perhaps, meeting the public demand.
  •  They have further accused the government of deducting money from their wages. “Wages of the transport unions are the lowest but our work is one of the dangerous ones. We request the public to understand the problems faced by us,” as reported by Times of India.
  • Meanwhile, the opposition parties have slammed the government for not holding talks with the Transport unions. They have further attacked Transport minister M R Vijayabaskar for not talking to the striking unions and stating that the “buses would be run by AIADMK trade union members.”

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