Transportation strike: TN Transport Minister assures smooth functioning of buses

| Updated: May 15, 2017 02:43 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], May 14 (ANI): Amid the Tamil Nadu transport union's decision to go with the proposed indefinite strike, state Transport Minister M. R. Vijayabhaskar on Sunday asserted that there are a number of private buses available and hence the buses will operate normally. "We will operate buses tomorrow. There are also private bus services available. Only 10-47 unions are going on strike," Vijayabhaskar said in a press briefing here. Earlier, as the transport unions and the government failed to reach a settlement over wage revision in Tamil Nadu, Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) secretary M. Shanmugam said that they will go with the proposed indefinite strike in the state from May 15. "We'll continue with the proposed strike tomorrow over issues of payment of arrears of pension amounts and wages," Shanmugam in a press briefing here. The efforts to resolve the issue of minimum wages failed on Saturday as well as on Sunday. The Transport Minister and Special Deputy Commissioner of Labour A. Yasmin Begum presided over Saturday's meeting which lasted for two hours. While the government insisted on dropping the strike, the union leaders demanded a permanent solution for addressing the issues related to payment of sum unpaid of pension amount due to the employees. (ANI)