New Delhi, Jan 7: Temporary bus drivers and conductors were employed to run buses in Tamil Nadu as strike by Transport workers unions continued for fourth day on Sunday. A large number of people were seen queued up waiting for the private buses at the bus stops. Commuters are also opting for alternative modes of transport such as train, autorickshaws and private transport in various parts of the state as most buses remained off the road.

Chief Minister E Palaniswami held discussions with the Transport Department authorities to solve the transport strikers issue as the situation going worse. Earlier on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Transport Minster MR Vijayabhaskar had 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 had said.

The strike began on Thursday after the talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar failed. Over 40 trade unions affiliated to the state transport corporations have decided to intensify the protest. They have been demanding for a pay scale revision to Rs 30,000. However, the authorities agreed to pay only Rs 24,400.