Tamilnadu Transport strike: Madras HC urges striking unions to resume work immediately

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These MLAs had met the then governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and said they had lost confidence in the Chief Minister, a day after the formal merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and now Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on August 21.

Meanwhile the bill also brought the DMK and independent MLA TTV Dhinakaran who also joined ranks with the principal Opposition party in opposing the Bill.

Bus strike called by some transport unions last week over wage demands, still continues.

The proposal for a time when transport workers in Tamil Nadu are on strike for the seventh day in a row seeking a hike in their salaries.

Centre of Indian Trade Unions state president A Soundararajan, one of the leaders spearheading the transport workers strike, mocked at the legislators' decision to hike their own salary when the transport workers were fighting for their wage revision, settlement of retirement benefits and provident fund dues amounting to Rs 7,500 crore. Speaker asked the DMK chief whip whether he did not want the salary hike.

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The unions had been asking for a 2.57 per cent hike.

Following the strike, the Madras High Court issued orders on January 5 and January 7 demanding that protesters return to work. They staged a dharna with family members, including children, outside divisional offices of state-owned transport corporations across the state. The indefinite strike, which began last week, is being held by 17 trade unions.

"Our stand is that this (2.44-time hike) should be accepted".

The Governor's Tamil skills also came to the fore as he spoke in the language to request Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin to be seated and later extended his Pongal greetings to the members in Tamil.

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