"The department will incur an additional expenditure of Rs 1000 crore per annum", he said, urging the unions to call off their strike. The minister said, "I appeal to employees to come back for duty, honorable court has also asked them to come back".
The Madras High Court on Friday ruled that the striking bus drivers in Tamil Nadu should go back to work immediately.
As the strike entered the second day on Friday crippling operation of the eight transport corporation running about 21,000 buses, the first bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee ordered the workers to resume work or face the effect including termination and contempt of court. "The 2.57 factor (a wage determination technique) is our demand and talks should be held for that", he said. Even though trade unions affiliated to the ruling party did not strike work, most of the buses were parked in all the nine depots in the district. In a joint statement, workers unions said the government had held 21 rounds of talks with them in the last 16 months but had not been able to come to a decision on the wage revision issue. The High Court said that the government could take action against those who have stopped work.
General Secretary of DMK-backed LPF, M Shanmugam, said they were not anxious about action from the government since any protest would attract action. The unions want a 2.57 per cent hike but the government is willing to increase salaries by 2.44 per cent.
CITU leader A Soundarrajan said he felt the court had not heard their side and that the unions will put forth their views on Monday before the bench.
K. Natarajan, treasurer, Labour Progressive Federation, said only 10% of the fleet of 22,000 buses in the entire eight State transport corporations were operated on Friday.
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The state's AIADMK government hired temporary drivers and roped in private bus service operators.
A large number of people were seen queued up waiting for the private buses at the different bus stops.
Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabaskar accused "some unions" of trying to flare up the strike for their own agenda even as 32 trade unions signed the wage agreement.
Chennai: The strike by transport workers which began last evening, continued for the second day leaving many commuters including office-goers and students stranded in the city and other parts of Tamilnadu.
Police have been posted at bus depots to prevent any untoward incidents.