Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

As bus drivers strike, TN govt tables bill to hike MLAs' salaries

As bus drivers strike, TN govt tables bill to hike MLAs' salaries

That's a hike of almost 91%.

His remarks came on a day when the government tabled a bill to give a 100 per cent salary hike to MLAs. He appealed to the government to end the stalemate soon by accepting the genuine demands of the striking workers.

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Since last Thursday, drivers belonging to the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation have been on an indefinite strike demanding a revision of their wages.

On Sunday, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin pushed for Chief Minister Palanisamy to set off talks with transport employees and take proper actions to stop the ongoing strike in the state.

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DMK members, led by Opposition leader M.K. Stalin, staged a walkout from the Assembly on Tuesday, after the Speaker refused to allow a debate on the State government's proposal to convert the residence of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa into a memorial. "For the past two days, the family members of the striking workers are on the street but the government is not doing anything about it", Stalin said.

"Despite severe cash crunch, we are ready to dispense salary increase of 2.44%". When transport workers are demanding their arrears, some from 2013, why introduce this pay hike bill? Trade unions are misleading the workers on the wage issue. "The trade unions are adamant on the strike for political reasons", said Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar on Monday.

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"Tamil Nadu MLAs' pay is much lower than that of MLAs in many other states". The court also directed the state government to address the grievances of the employees and pay them their dues immediately. The High Court, however, noted that no protesting worker can be terminated from service without the permission of the court.

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