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TN Transport unions accepts 2.44 % wage hike

TN Transport unions accepts 2.44 % wage hike

As per the bill, the salary and allowances of legislators have been raised from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1,05,000 per month, an increase of 90.91 per cent. An announcement to this effect was made in July previous year but the government introduced the bill to withdraw Rs 25.32 crore annually from the consolidated fund of the state towards salaries and allowances for the legislators.

The transport unions in Tamil Nadu called an unclear strike on Thursday, demanding pay plod among other things. Following the disqualification of 18 MLAs from the ruling AIADMK, Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin said the government did not have the requisite numbers to remain in power, reported news agency ANI.

The session would also witness sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran making his debut in the Assembly after having won the December 21 Radhakrishnan Nagar bypoll by a thumping margin of 40,000 votes against E Madhusudhanan of AIADMK. "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. When transport workers are demanding their arrears, some from 2013, why introduce this pay hike bill?

As many as 17 trade unions, including those affiliated to the DMK and the Left, are on an indefinite strike, having rejected the government's hike proposal.

The Tamil Nadu government that has been in talks with trade unions has refused to agree to their wage revision citing a cash crunch. The High Court, however, noted that no protesting worker can be terminated from service without the permission of the court. The court also directed the state government to address the grievances of the employees and pay them their dues immediately.


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