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TN transport strike plays dampner on Pongal festivity

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Prolonged protest by transport workers of Tamil Nadu, which entered eighth day today, has put a question mark over the of Tamilians moving to their hometowns to celebrate the of 'Pongal' on January 14.

People were unable to book tickets as booking counters remained closed at the Mofussil Bus Terminus here for the third day.

Usually, heavy rush is witnessed during the season when scores of people working in other parts of the state and elsewhere travel home to celebrate the festival with their families.

The state is also trying to address the situation by employing temporary drivers possessing valid driving licenses to ply the vehicles.

The strike call was given by workers affiliated to some transport unions, who have rejected the wage hike proposed by the

While the has offered an increase in the wages by 2.44 times, the unions are demanding 2.57-time hike.

The agitation has severely affected commuters across the state.

K Palaniswami had yesterday announced that Rs 750 crore would be released this week towards retirement dues of transport workers and urged the agitators to withdraw the stir.

Making a statement in the state assembly, he said the amount would be given before festival and that it would benefit those who retired up to November 30, 2017.

Settlement of pending dues is one of the key demands of the striking workers.

The had left it to the conscience of the striking trade unions of state transport corporations to decide as to whether they could ply the buses from today for five days in view of the festival in the interest of the public.

It had asked the appearing for the trade unions to inform their decision to the court today.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 12:00 IST