Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Amid Transport Strike, Tamil Nadu MLA Drives Government Bus

Amid Transport Strike, Tamil Nadu MLA Drives Government Bus

"I request the employees and trade unions who are involved in this unnecessary strike to realise the factual situation and get back to work as per the court directive", he said.

"This is what you get when you just bring anyone to drive a bus, which is a specialised job", said C. Muthukumaran, a driver working with the PTC in Chennai, on the incident.

The unions wanted the "factor" to be fixed at 2.57 while the government insisted that it be 2.44. A Soundararajan, leader of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) claimed that only less than 10 percent of buses plied across the state on Friday.

Transport department officials indicated that notices would be sent to the striking employees if they don't turn up for work.

Sources said that a total of 200 buses were operated in the city this morning. Private buses and vans had a good run as they were over crowded. 'Out of the 145 buses from the Central depot only 50 buses were operated, similarly only 20 buses were operated from the Thiruvottiyur bus terminus out of the total 110 buses and only 33 buses were operated from the Tambaram depot, ' sources added. The strike began on Thursday evening when many bus drivers in Chennai were seen abandoning their buses between 5pm and 8 pm.

"There are no buses and it is hard to find auto as majority are already occupied". The unions want a 2.57 per cent hike but the government is willing to increase salaries by 2.44 per cent.

However, reports received here said a large number of vehicles were off the road in different parts of the state like Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Madurai.

However, Vijayabaskar said the proposed wage hike by the government this time "was unprecedented" and urged the employees to resume work. At least 1.8 crore passengers travel every day on an average in the state. Transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar said the government agreed to enhance the wage by 2.44%. Close to 50 lakh passengers utilise the public service on a daily basis. Chief minister Edappadi K.Palaniswamy held a meeting with ministers to discuss the issue. The government has also advertised posts of temporary drivers.

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