Tamil Nadu bus strike: Nobody missed the bus in Vellore

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"I request the employees and trade unions who are involved in this unnecessary strike to realise the factual situation and get back to work as per the court directive", the transport minister said after the court's order.

Meanwhile, Vijaybhaskar today appealed to striking workers to return to work. "This wage agreement had the highest revision proposed, where the minimum was Rs 2,684 while the highest was Rs 11,361", the Minister said. Even though trade unions affiliated to the ruling party did not strike work, most of the buses were parked in all the nine depots in the district.

He also said that instances of striking employees "intimidating" others who wanted to work had been reported. The striking employees belong to 17 unions. If the government takes action, the employees must face it. "We are yet to receive a copy of the high court order".

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Many politicians and celebrities including DMK working president M K Stalin, actors Kamal Haasan and Vishal have raised their voice in support of the transport workers and asked the government to solve the issue in a democratic manner.

A Soundararajan, leader of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) claimed that only less than 10 percent of buses plied across the state on Friday.

"The government's "2.44% factor" (salary hike) will result in an additional expense of Rs 81 crore per month on transport corporations even as a special increment was being given to those who had joined work between 2013 and 2016". The trade unions, however, stood their ground, turning defensive while the government jumped got into firefighting mode, roping in temporary drivers and conductors to tide over the crisis.

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Meanwhile, the Southern Railway, in an official release, said, "It is chose to operate weekday services instead of weekend reduced services in Chennai Beach-Tambaram and MRTS suburban sector to accommodate extra rush in view of the strike".

The strike, following the failure of talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar, was declared on Thursday. Besides, private buses were also roped in to meet the situation at several places.

Chennai: The strike by transport workers which began last evening, continued for the second day leaving many commuters including office-goers and students stranded in the city and other parts of Tamilnadu.

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To give some relief to the passengers few buses including the private ones hired on the contract were operated by the government with police protection to prevent any untoward incidents.