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

Tamil Nadu transport unions end strike, to resume work from todayā€¯

"The strike is being temporarily withdrawn keeping in mind the welfare of the people of the state", he had said, adding that workers would resume work from this morning. This comes at a time when the state is reeling under transport strike by bus drivers, demanding an increase in their daily wages. The strike has affected the passengers across the state.

In a huge relief to the people of Tamil Nadu, the eight-day old strike by transport employees was "temporarily" called off by unions today ahead of the Pongal festival, which falls on January 14.

The Court also appointed Justice Padmanabhan (retired) to iron out the issues between the strikers and the management (Transport Department of the State Govt.). Around noon, the special bench took up the case for hearing, recording the two-hour-long arguments put forth by senior counsel V Prakash and advocate N G R Prasad, who represented the unions.

DMK-affiliated Labour Progressive Front general secretary M Shanmughan made the announcement late on Thursday night. "This strike is being suspended".

Lauding the workers for their unity, he said, "This strike is being suspended". Temporary drivers have been called and auto drivers are also employed in some places of the state to drive buses.

The AIADMK-backed union, besides some others, had not participated in the protests, reported NDTV.

However, on Thursday, the unions told the Madras High Court that they would resume work immediately if the court would refer the wage dispute to arbitration.

It granted one month time for the arbitrator to submit the report. The President of the Employee's Union Periasamy blames the government for not paying attention to the continuing problems of the staff.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.



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