MTC bus crew call off strike after Minister’s assurance on salary

Chennai: Following Tamilnadu Transport Minister M R Vijyabhaskar’s assurance that June salary has been credited to the bank accounts of the drivers and conductors of Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC), they withdrew their strike later in the day.

Monday morning began on a sour note for not just the MTC staff but also commuters. With just 15-20 per cent of the 3,500 MTC buses plying on the roads, people were put to great hardship during morning peak hour.

Many grumbled that they were stranded at several places and were at the mercy of fleecing auto and share auto drivers to reach their office or educational institution. There was a huge rush even in suburban train stations to somehow be on time on Monday morning for office and class.

The flash strike was called as the MTC staff said they were not paid the salary or just a part of it. After the Minister’s assurance that they would be paid in full, slowly normalcy returned in bus services in Chennai.

NT Bureau