TN transport unions threaten to go on strike

Chennai: Employees of Tamilnadu state transport undertakings Wednesday threatened to go on strike following government’s non-assurance on key demands, including Diwali festival advance.

Trade unions indicated they will wait for two days, saying they would finalise and clarify their stand on striking work on 2 November. Their protest could be the second in a year, when state-run buses kept off roads following their eight-day strike in January.

Emerging from a tripartite meeting involving the Labour Department and officials of various state transport undertakings (STUs), trade union representatives said the government was “pushing” them towards a strike.

They said officials remained non-committal on implementing demands, including paying Diwali advance, besides revoking disciplinary action against some employees, as agreed upon earlier.

These discussions have been going on for some time, and the employees were threatening to strike work just ahead of Diwali, that is, 6 November, they added.

They said they will wait till 2 November before making a concrete announcement on striking work. STU employees had earlier struck work in December last on wage revision issue and called it off just three days ahead of Pongal festival in January.