New Delhi, Jan 6: Tamil Nadu Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar on Saturday urged the striking transport workers to resume work in the interest of the people. “Appeal to employees to come back for duty, honorable court has also asked them to come back. As compared to yesterday, more staff have reported for work today, we are also employing private drivers, situation will improve soon,” Vijayabhaskar said, as the strike by the transport workers’ unions in TN entered day three today. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: IMD Says Landfall Tomorrow, NDRF Deploys 22 Teams, Tamil Nadu Declares Holiday | Top Developments
Notably, scores of commuters were left stranded in Koyambedu and different bus terminals of Chennai. A large number of people were seen queued up waiting for the private buses at the bus stops. Commuters also opted for alternative modes of transport such as train, autorickshaws and private transport in various parts of the state. Also Read - Cyclone Nirav: ICAI Postpones CA Exams 2020 On November 24, 25 in Tamil Nadu And Puducherry
Meanwhile, DMK working president MK Stalin also spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisamy over the telephone and expressed concern over the ongoing transport strike. Stalin reportedly asked the govt to expedite talks with the unions. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi Speaks To Tamil Nadu, Puducherry CMs, Assures All Support From Centre
The strike began on Thursday after the talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar failed. The workers of the transport department have been demanding for a pay scale revision to Rs 30,000. However, the authorities agreed to pay only Rs 24,400.
(With inputs from agencies)