Tamil Nadu- Transport unions call off strike
After receiving assurance from the government that Rs. 1,250cr pending dues would be released to retired/serving employees of 8 transport corporations, transport unions in Tamil Nadu called off their strike on Tuesday. The Madurai bench of Madras HC had earlier criticized the strike, and warned unions about action under the Essential Services Maintenance Act if their agitation continued. Buses will operate normally from today.
Commuters in trouble as transport strike hits Tamil Nadu
Commuters in Tamil Nadu faced harrowing times as transport unions in the state began an indefinite strike on 15th May. Unions, mainly those affiliated with the opposition have called for strike to seek increased wages in light of inflation. Most buses remained off the roads, causing severe hardships for travellers. The government is making efforts to ensure that some buses continue to ply.
Some details of the strike
The strike was supposed to begin on Monday but began earlier after several transport corporations asked drivers to sign undertakings promising to come to work for the next 3 days. There are 44 transport unions in the state, and the government said only 10 were participating in the strike. Unions had been in talks with the government for several days before deciding to strike.
Private bus operators make a killing
As commuters were forced to turn to private buses and cabs for transport, they began demanding exorbitant rates, which were up to 4-5 times the regular price.