Transport unions commence indefinite strike in TN

A section of the employees of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation today commenced an indefinite strike pressing for various demands, including wage revision.

Eleven trade unions, including, CITU, INTUC and DMK's Labour Progressive Front are participating in the strike.

About 60 per cent of the buses, one of the major mode of public transportation, did not operate following the strike, police said.

CITU State General Secretary, A Sounderrajan said the Unions would continue their strike till the Government concede to their demands, including wage revision.

The striking employees held a dharna at Tamil Nadu State Express Corporation office here shouting slogans demanding the authorities to take urgent steps to resolve their grievances.

Various political parties, including DMK, PMK and Congress urged the Government to convene conciliatory talks immediately with the striking unions and arrive at an amicable settlement.

DMK Chief M Karunanidhi in a statement criticised the Government for failing to address the issue at the right time. "I urge the Transport Ministry and the Government at least now to convene a meeting with the transport unions and settle the issue amicably," he said.

TNCC President E V K S Elangovan told reporters that the demands by the unions were justifiable and sought the Government's intervention to resolve the issue.

MDMK Chief Vaiko said Chief Minister O Panneerselvam should discuss the issue with the agitating transport unions considering "hardships faced by the passengers".