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Tamil Nadu transport unions withdraw strike, to resume work from Friday

Tamil Nadu transport unions withdraw strike, to resume work from Friday

Following the Court's intervention, strike was effectively called off late last night. However, as of Wednesday, the strike continued as workers of the state owned transport corporations refuse to withdraw unless he settlement signed by the government with "minority unions" accepting 2.44% wage hike.

While the unions wanted a 2.57 times hike, the government offered only 2.44, resulting in the stalemate.

The AIADMK backed union, besides some others, had not participated in the protests.

The workers struck work citing other demands also like pending dues for serving and retired personnel.

Responding to the criticism of striking before the busy Pongal holiday period, he said, "The Transport Minister will have to solve it", essentially not giving the government in general and the minister in particular any breathing room with regards to an outcome of the discussions. He demanded that the arbitrator decide on the wage revision issue within a month.

The golden jubilee of the state getting rechristened as Tamil Nadu will be celebrated by the government, Chief Minister K Palaniswami told the Assembly on Thursday.

While the state government has been repeatedly urged to call of the strike and called for negotiations, the trade unions are adamant at continuing the stir until their demands are accepted by the government. The bench made a proposal that the government would implement the 2.44% wage hike immediately, and that transport workers should resume work immediately.

Describing the stir as being for the sake of the workers as also for the common people of the state, the unions have said they will intensify the stir.

TNSTC employees have been fighting for over a year for wage revision and clearance of arrears amounting to Rs7,543 crore, including retirement benefits and provident fund.

"Protests would continue in front of Tamil Nadu Labour Welfare Board offices across the state of Tamil Nadu", said Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) leader A. Soundarrajan.