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Tamil Nadu Bus Strike Continues, Affecting Nearly 1.8 Crore Travellers

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| January 5 , 2018 , 11:14 IST

Transport workers' union in Tamil Nadu continued their strike on Friday, affecting nearly 1.8 crore passengers that travel in 20,800 government buses across the state on a daily basis. While only 40 percent of the government buses in Tamil Nadu were on strike when it began on Thursday evening, more are expected to join on Friday, said representatives of 46 workers unions.

Among the worst-hit districts on Thursday were Coimbatore and Chennai, while more than 70 percent buses from the Thiruvanmiyur, Vadapalani, Tambaram, Avadi, Poonamallee and Iyyappanthangal depots were not operated.

The bus service strike impacted commuters travelling by bus as well as school students, as in the absence of buses, auto rickshaws and shared autos hiked up their fees. The state education department advised teachers to take attendance after 10 AM as students may be late.

Drivers and conductors of various state transport corporations including the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), Chennai-based Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) and State Express Transport Corporations (SETC), launched an indefinite strike on Thursday evening after talks with transport minister MR Vijayabaskar regarding salary hikes failed.

The trade unions are demanding an increase in their wages as per the 2.57 multiplication factor so that the basic pay of the transport employees would be on a par with permanent state government employees, at Rs 19,500 a month.

The government, however, offered to categorise employees according to experience and give increase in wages on those parameters.