Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Transport strike across Tamil Nadu, buses go off roads

While Tamil Nadu government insisted that only 10 out of 33 unions are taking part in the strike, most of the buses were off the roads on Monday.

Tamil Nadu: Commuters are facing a harrowing time in Tamil Nadu as 22,000 state-run buses have remained off roads after many transport unions began their indefinite strike on Sunday.

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The workers went on the strike, pressing for high wages, and perks to combat rising inflation and price rise.

The talks between the unions and the government failed despite state transport minister MR Vijayabhaskar trying to negotiate with the worker unions. The students waiting at the Koyambedu bus stand appealed to the union leaders to allow buses to run, as otherwise they would miss the exam.

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Trade unions including Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (DMK) Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and Left Front's Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) are demanding that the state government release around Rs 7,000 crore in the form of provident fund (PF), employee state insurance (ESI) and employees provident fund (EPF).

Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar said that the government would take strict action against private transporters, who were overcharging.

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The Southern Railways has increased the frequency of suburban trains on all four routes. "Efforts are also being made to press into service retired staff", he said, according to ANI. Extra train services including 9 each from Chennai Beach to Tambaram, Chennai Beach to Velachery, from Chennai Beach to Avadi and 8 from Avadi to Ponneri, are being operated. On Sunday, seven rounds of talks with the government officials had ended in a deadlock.

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