Chennai: To end the indefinite strike of the transport workers, the state government will hold talks with all trade unions, including DMK’s Progressive Labor Front and AIADMK’s trade union wing on Wednesday morning. affecting thousands of commuters across the state with a large number of buses remaining off the road.
The decision was taken at conciliatory talks chaired by the deputy labor commissioner with representatives of the transport department and unions on Tuesday evening. The progress in the talks was made after the LPF, which is the only recognized trade union, gave a written commitment of agreement for all. the unions represented in the discussions on the negotiation of the wage revision agreement. “We have given a written commitment as requested by the government to start discussions with all trade unions on the wage revision agreement. All trade unions, including the leaders of Anna Thozhir Sanga Peravai of AIADMK, will hold talks with the minister of state transport Senthil Balaji at the secretariat at 10 am on Wednesday,” LPF general secretary M. Shanmugham told mediapersons after the meeting.
He said the strike would be called off if an amicable agreement was reached. Even as the transport workers’ strike entered its third day that is badly affecting transporters across the state, the government has announced a seven per cent increase in the charitable allowance of corporate employees. of state transportation. DA was enhanced to 107 percent from 100 percent from July 1, 2014 and employees of all eight corporations were eligible for it, a government order issued by the secretary of the department of transport T. Prabakara Rao said.
The Madras court issued a stay on the recruitment of about 5,000 drivers and conductors considering the critical situation caused by the strike. This now paves the way for the government to issue appointment letters to these candidates. continued their strike, launched on December 28, as bus services, especially long-distance ones, remained affected, although the government had expressed hope that normalcy would be restored on Tuesday.