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Tamil Nadu transport strike called, unions to resume work today

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Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

Following the Court's intervention, strike was effectively called off late last night. But, the standoff between the government and the workers remained unresolved with trade unions refusing to withdraw their strike unless the settlement signed by the government with "minority unions" accepting 2.44% wage hike is kept in abeyance.

"The strike is being temporarily withdrawn keeping in mind the welfare of the people of the state", he added.

The Tamil Nadu bus staff strike continued for the 8th consecutive day as their demands have still not been fulfilled by the government.

"So far over 10 rounds of talks have been held between the trade union leaders and government representatives", an official said. Around noon, the special bench took up the case for hearing, recording the two-hour-long arguments put forth by senior counsel V Prakash and advocate N G R Prasad, who represented the unions. "This strike is being suspended".

On the third day of strike, Vijayabaskar had appealed to bus employees to return to work.

At some places, the government has pressed into service temporary drivers to build pressure on the striking employees and also rid the public of the inconvenience caused due to the strike.

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The AIADMK-backed union, besides some others, had not participated in the protests, reported NDTV.

The court had earlier asked the workers to resume work or face the consequences, even as it had restrained the government from initiating action against them.

The decision also came in the wake of the Madras High Court appointing an arbitrator today to settle the dispute between the government and the employees over wage revision.

It granted one month time for the arbitrator to submit the report.

The bench noted that government agreed to three of five demands by the unions, subject to employees resuming work from this evening.

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