Tamil Nadu bus strike withdrawn, normalcy restored
Chennai/Tamil Nadu, Jan 12: Commuters breathed a sigh of relief as government buses began playing on Friday, following the withdrawal of the statewide bus strike by Tamil Nadu Transporters Union.
The usual hustle and bustle at the bus stand in Chennai and Coimbatore were seen restored and the commuters expressed delight post the eight-day-long strike.
On Thursday night, A. Soundararajan of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) called off the strike and announced that Tamil Nadu transporters would resume duties from Friday morning.
On January 4, an indefinite strike was called by transport unions, demanding a pay hike among other things, following the failure of talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Tamil Nadu Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabaskar.
On the third day of the strike, Vijayabaskar had appealed to bus employees to return to work.
Transport workers had been demanding for a pay revision to Rs 30,000; however, the authorities only agreed to pay them Rs 24,400 per month. (ANI)