22,500 Tamil Nadu buses on strike, commuters stranded
Rameswaram/Tamil Nadu, Jan 5: An indefinite strike called by the state transport workers’ unions in Tamil Nadu has left scores of commuters stranded in various parts of the state.
A large number of people were seen queued up waiting for the private buses at the different bus stops.
The strike, following the failure of talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar, was declared on Thursday.
Drivers and conductors of various state transport corporations went on a sudden strike from midnight.
“I have been waiting for a few hours now, but the bus is not running. The auto fare is so high, I cannot afford it. So I have called my brother to pick me up”, said Deepika, one of the commuters.
The workers of the transport department have been demanding for a pay scale revision to Rs 30,000.
However, the authorities agreed to pay only Rs 24,400. (ANI)