Indian state of Tamil Nadu enters 7th day

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the state assembly on Tuesday urged workers to accept the government’s offer and withdraw the strike

Transport workers' unions in Tamil Nadu have made a decision to carry on their indefinite stir notwithstanding the Tamil Nadu government's announcement to release Rs 750 crore towards retirement benefits. The indefinite strike by 17 trade unions including the CITU and DMK-backed Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) entered the seventh day leaving the state crippled.

"The strike will continue until our demands are met".

Advocate General Vijay Narayan, after getting instruction from the government, told the court that the government agrees to the arbitration, but refused to accept other demands.

The striking unions wanted the wage revision to be fixed at 2.57 times - while the state government insisted it be 2.44.

The chief minister announced this during the last assembly session in July. "This will be provided before Pongal festival", he said.

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The Court also appointed Justice Padmanabhan (retired) to iron out the issues between the strikers and the management (Transport Department of the State Govt.).

-Immediately release terminal benefits of retired transport employees which are kept pending for more than 15 years.

Chennai: The eight-day long strike by transport workers demanding pay hike was finally called off after the Madras High Court intervened. The transport union has been demanding the minimum pay of Rs.19, 500 and for the government to settle dues for employees who have been in retirement since 2013.

Once the bill is passed in the assembly, the monthly salary of each member would be increased from the existing Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh. However, as of Wednesday, the strike continued as workers of the state owned transport corporations refuse to withdraw unless he settlement signed by the government with "minority unions" accepting 2.44% wage hike. The strike has affected the passengers across the state.

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