Tamil Nadu Transport Unions Call off Bus Strike After 8 Days

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All public buses will run as per schedule in Tamil Nadu on 12 January, the state transport association announced, after calling off the eight-day long bus strike to protest low wages. Special buses for festivals will also run as per schedule, the unions said.

Snapshot
  • The TN transport association has called of the strike after eight days
  • All buses are expected to ply in the city on Friday, 12 January
  • The Madras High Court appointed retired Justice Padmanabhan as arbitrator
    Transport unions had said on 10 January that they were willing to suspend the strike that was launched on 4 January over wage revision
    The Madras HC had backed the government’s demand that the wage hike be fixed at 2.44%, instead of the 2.57% hike that the striking unions demanded

12:22 AM , 12 Jan
KEY EVENT

Tamil Nadu Bus Strike Called Off After 8 Days

The Tamil Nadu transport association has announced that it will withdraw its strike and resume duties from 12 January, reported ANI.

All workers will resume duties from tomorrow (12 January). All public run buses and special buses for festivals will also run as per schedule. 
A Soundararajan, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) 
6:23 PM , 11 Jan
KEY EVENT

Strike to be Called Off Soon?

After the Madras HC order, transport union workers have gone into a huddle to discuss whether the strike will be called off today. "We can announce our decision only after going through the full order of Madras HC,” A Soundararajan of CITU told reporters.

6:23 PM , 11 Jan
KEY EVENT

Madras HC Appoints Arbitrator

The Madras High Court said on 11 January that it wants buses to ply immediately. Normalcy must return immediately, the court said. The court also appointed retired Justice Padmanabhan as arbitrator and announced that it was giving a month’s time to finish talks on the demands of the striking transport union workers.

12:05 PM , 11 Jan
KEY EVENT

Workers Want to Hold Talks Before Calling off Strike

Transport unions said they are willing to call off the strike if the High Court helps both sides arrive at a fair decision. The unions said they were willing to accept the 2.44 percent hike provided the government holds talks with them. The case has been adjourned to 2.30 pm today.


Published: 05 Jan 2018, 11:40 AM IST
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