Tamil Nadu bus strike: 10 key points

Thousands of people were stranded at various places across the state

The strike has been called by the bus union after meeting state transport minister over the demand of pay hike of 2.57% as opposed to government's proposal of 2.44%.

Office-goers and students bore the brunt of the strike by employees owing allegiance to 17 unions.

He had exuded confidence that more employees will return to work and operations would resume across the state on Sunday.

High court first bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee said workers could not resort to such flash strikes without any prior intimation, causing trouble to public.

Tamil Nadu MLA KR Rajakrishnan on Saturday drove a bus and dropped off 70 commuters at their destinations after he saw their plight when he visited a bus terminus to assess the impact of the state transport strike, The News Minute reported.

"The striking workers should go back to work or face consequences, including termination and contempt of court", it said during the hearing of a PIL seeking a direction to the state government to end the strike by holding talks.

Announcing their decision to continue the strike, LPF general secretary M Shamugham said that they had not got any notice from the High Court on the strike and they would face the case legally. He added that the transport department's claims on the number of buses running in the city are false and also questioned if they are earning extra money by claiming to operate buses that are actually standing idle at depots and so are paying salaries to workers.

The trade unions called for the strike after several rounds of talks with transport minister M.R.Vijayabhaskar failed to yield result. When asked about this, he said an action will be taken once the court issues order.

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.

DMK, the main opposition party in the state Assembly, had urged the government to hold talks with trade unions and bring an end to the impasse.

Following the strike, commuters alleged over-charging by autos and private buses even as scores opted for suburban rail services in Chennai.

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