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13 January 2018, 07:54 | Opal Carroll
The Tamil Nadu transporters' strike had entered its eighth day on Thursday
The indefinite strike by transport workers union in Tamil Nadu entered the eighth day on Thursday. They will resume duties from tomorrow morning.
Tamil Nadu has over 22,000 buses with a workforce of about 143,000 employees and over 10 rounds of talks have been held between the trade unions and government representatives, including transport minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar. However, it refused to accept the transporters' other demands - that the government should pay transport workers wages for the strike period and drop all criminal cases against them. He alleged that the authorities were putting the public at risk by recruiting temporary drivers to operate government buses.
"Our protests would continue across the state until our demands are met", said A Soundarrajan, a trade union leader.
On Monday, the Madras high court directed the state government not to terminate any of the striking employees without its permission.
The Court also appointed Justice Padmanabhan (retired) to iron out the issues between the strikers and the management (Transport Department of the State Govt.). As ticket reservation counters remain closed, passengers had to look for other options as a mode of travel; particularly private buses whose fares have increased substantially in the wake of the bus strike. The strike has left people stranded affecting daily lives.
Since last week, hundreds of commuters have been struggling to reach their destinations due to the strike. However, the report points out that the situation in small towns is worse citing an example of a conductor who after 20 years of service earns only Rs. 20, 000 with a basic wage of Rs. 7500.
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