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Special buses for MLAs as Tamil Nadu Transport workers' strike enters 5th day

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    In the wake of the ongoing strike by Tamil Nadu state transport employees, the government has arranged special buses for MLAs to attend the Assembly Session.

    RK Nagar MLA TTV Diinakaran alleged, " It clearly showed that the Chief Minister is only worried about the number of MLAs. He does not think about the state or the people."

    Transport workers' unions strike continued for the fifth day on Monday in Tamil Nadu as the employees are demanding a wage hike among other things. The strike continued even after the Madras High Court warned the protesting workers to get back to work or ''face consequences''.

    Visuals from Rameswaram, where it is the fourth day as the union here started the strike late. Courtesy: ANI news

    Taking a serious view of the strike called by certain transport unions, the Madras High Court had said the workers should get back to work or "face consequences", including termination and contempt of court. The public interest litigation (PIL) petition was filed by a lawyer, on behalf of one Varaaki, seeking a direction to the state government to convene a meeting with the workers on strike and find a solution.

    The court observed that Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) workers could not resort to such flash strikes without any prior intimation, causing trouble to the public. After the wage-related talks with the government failed 10 unions had announced the strike.

    Also, MR Vijayabhaskar, Tamil Nadu, Transport Minister's appeal to the agitating workers failed to convince the employees.

    He said, "Appeal to employees to come back for duty, the honourable court has also asked them to come back. As compared to yesterday, more staff have reported for work today, we are also employing private drivers, the situation will improve soon."

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