Tamil Nadu transport unions end strike, to resume work from today

Tamil Nadu transport unions end strike, to resume work from today

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 hike we've offered alone will cost an additional Rs. 1,000 crore a year.

The Madras High Court had issued an interim order restraining the employees from striking work.

DMK-affiliated Labour Progressive Front general secretary M Shanmughan made the announcement late on Thursday night.

The strike had severely crippled the public sector bus services causing enormous hardship to the public, including office-goers in cities, though the government tried to maintain services by roping in temporary drivers and private buses.

Lauding the workers for their unity, he said, "This strike is being suspended".

"It is nothing but our own money that the government has illegally misappropriated".

Around 17 unions had participated in the bus strike, severely crippling public sector bus services for the past week.

Southern Railway operated more services to cope with the extra rush due to the ongoing strike.

Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday introduced a bill in the state assembly that proposes to double the monthly salary and other allowances for MLAs.

The government has declared a holiday today for schools and colleges in view of Pongal, resulting in five-day holidays for students. The strike has affected the passengers across the state. The AIADMK leader further said that the strike has caused great hardships to people all over Tamil Nadu as most of the people travel by local transport. For some who have even retired, the struggle has been a long one.

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