The striking Transport unions in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday agreed to accept the 2.44 percent wage hike.
Reminiscent of times when AIADMK MLAs thumped desks whenever Jayalalithaa was hailed in Tamil Nadu assembly, the session's start this year saw treasury benches cheer vociferously each time Governor Banwarilal Purohit named Chief Minister K Palaniswami's name in his maiden address. "At the time of the crisis if this government passes the bill, people will laugh at us". Following the disqualification of 18 MLAs from the ruling AIADMK, Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin said the government did not have the requisite numbers to remain in power, reported news agency ANI.
However, the proposed pay hike was opposed by TTV Dinakaran, the rebel AIADMK leader and the DMK, the main opposition party.
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Transport corporation unions today said their agitation would continue till their demands on wage revision were met by the Tamil Nadu government. "It is not fair to ask that it should be further increased.I appeal to workers.They should return to work", he said. Drivers belonging to as many as 17 trade unions affiliated to the Left parties and to the DMK.
Transport workers have been demanded for a pay revision to Rs 30,000 though, the authorities are only ready to pay Rs 24,400.
Few hours ago, the court urged striking Transport unions to resume to work immediately.
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Bus services across Tamil Nadu have taken a huge blow, leaving passengers stranded in the state. With no middle path achieved, the workers have stepped up their protest. Trade unions, however, have refused to comply with the court.
The court also directed the state government to clear the pending dues of the workers.
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