union and private drivers for the operation.

The Madras High Court on Friday directed the striking unions to withdraw the strike immediately or face action.

Meanwhile, Vijaybhaskar today appealed to striking workers to return to work. Despite financial constraints of transport corporations a wage revision providing for 2.44 times increase in basic pay and once in three years revision was signed on Thursday.

He also warned that strict action will be taken against private buses who charge extra amount from passengers.

CITU leader A Soundarrajan said he felt the court had not heard their side and that the unions will put forth their views on Monday before the bench.


"The new wage structure had the highest revision proposed with a minimum of Rs2,684 and a maximum of Rs11,361. hope the employees get back to work", the minister said.

He also said they have not received any communication from the court about ending their strike.

Meanwhile, the Southern Railway, in an official release, said, "It is made a decision to operate weekday services instead of weekend reduced services in Chennai Beach-Tambaram and MRTS suburban sector to accommodate extra rush in view of the strike".

He expressed regret over the hardship being caused to people in the wake of the strike.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami chaired a meeting of ministers and senior officials to take stock of the situation, even as opposition parties including the DMK and the Left, besides actor Kamal Haasan, urged the government to end the stalemate by holding talks with trade unions.


Buses were being operated in some parts of the state with temporary drivers and conductors.

Further, seven unions joined the strike on Friday, taking the number to 17, he told reporters.

CITU transport trade union leader A. Soundararajan said the federation members had distributed pamphlets to commuters about the proposal to go on strike if the wage settlement talks failed. In some towns, strikers got into the scuffle with operational buses.

Tamilnadu has a fleet of 22,500 buses, with 1.4 lakh workers in the State's employment. The strike began on Thursday evening when many bus drivers in Chennai were seen abandoning their buses between 5pm and 8 pm.

Police were posted at bus depots to prevent any untoward incidents.


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