Bus strike enters 6th day, govt to take action against protesting drivers, conductors

Bus strike enters 6th day, govt to take action against protesting drivers, conductors

With the bus strike entering sixth day today, the government has said it would not take action against those who resume to work today.

However, strict disciplinary action as per rules would be taken against those who did not report to duty today. The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu government not to terminate striking transport employees from service without its permission.

The first bench, headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, made it clear that no striking worker can be terminated from service without the consent of the court.

It also posed a series of questions to the Tamil Nadu government over the strike and wanted it to settle the pending dues to the employees immediately.

Meanwhile, the southern railway has said it would operate 30 additional local trains in the city today, since many people depend on trains because of the bus strike.

Most of the transport workers unions in Tamil Nadu, except those supporting the ruling AIADMK, have been on strike since Thursday evening. The strike has affected passengers across the state.

As many as 17 trade unions had launched an indefinite stir since Thursday night, with scores of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) staff joining the protest.