New Delhi: Trade unions of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) have decided to go on indefinite strike across the state from today. The staff unions have been demanding the release of funds for the arrears of the employees along with retirement benefits and Provident Fund. TNSTC buses in districts like Tiruchy, Thanjavur and Udhagamandalam went on strike with immediate effect by Sunday evening itself, leaving several passengers stranded after seven rounds of talks with the government officials on Sunday ended in a deadlock.
According to the reports, during the talks yesterday, the minister informed the union leaders that the government would disburse Rs 500 crore in September, but the leaders did not agree and they demanded at least Rs 1,000 crore. Talking to ANI, State transport minister MR Vijayabhaskar said, “Private operators have been asked to ply their buses in more numbers in all routes. Efforts are also being made to press into service retired staff.”
“Around ten trade unions gave notice to the transport department. The strike will be full-fledged from Monday,” Vijayabhaskar said further.
According to India Today, the transport corporation workers have not been given their pending wages for almost four years however the due amount has been constantly deducted from their salary.
(With inputs from agencies)