Tamil Nadu transport unions end strike, to resume work from today


CITU leader A Soundarrajan had last night announced that the indefinite strike was being "temporarily" called off, shortly after the Madras High Court appointed an arbitrator to settle their wage dispute with the government.

"People will laugh at us for this hike when transport workers in the state are on strike demanding salary hike", said DMK working president MK Stalin.

The Tamil Nadu government came under controversy recently, when they almost doubled the salaries of its MLAs while the transport workers were on strike demanding increase in wages.

Around 17 unions had participated in the bus strike, severely crippling public sector bus services for the past week. "This will be provided before Pongal festival", he said. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palanisamy has asked the transport unions to withdraw strike and report to work immediately.

"In the interest of children, students, patients, elders, commuters and larger section of the society, the issue has been referred to the arbitrator to adjudicate the wage dispute and the effective date of such revision of wage", the High Court bench said.

The Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu on Friday told the State Assembly that its MLAs did not want any hike in their salary and that it would be given to the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund.

The AAP and CPI (M) showed their support for the Tamil Nadu transport workers. But, the unions maintained that the strike was not only legal but also justified. The strike has affected the passengers across the state. Recalling that the State was rechristened Tamil Nadu on January 14, 1969 known till then as "Madras State", Palaniswami said, "on January 14 this year, our historic State is stepping into its fiftieth year with the name of Tamil Nadu".