As transport workers' strike enters 8th day, auto drivers called in to drive buses

The striking workers unions on Wednesday night decided to continue with their agitation as the government is yet to invite them for fresh wage negotiations. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 11, 2018, 05.06 AM (IST)

As the transport workers' unions strike in Tamil Nadu entered the eighth day today, auto drivers have been called in to drive buses in Coimbatore. The striking workers are demanding wage hike among other things. 

Transport strike disrupted normal life across the state for eight days in a row as the workers refused to join works even after the Madras high court on Friday directed them to withdraw their stir or face action.

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The striking workers' unions on Wednesday night decided to continue with their agitation as the government is yet to invite them to fresh wage negotiations.

A decision in this regard was taken after the union leaders went on a huddle in the evening to decide on their future course of action.

A lawyer representing the workers' unions told the high court yesterday in view of upcoming Pongal and keeping public interest in mind, his clients were willing to resume works provided the government gives commitment to hold talks with them on their demand for a higher wage.

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The court, which came down heavily on the striking workers for holding the people to ransom, asked the unions to listen to their conscience while taking a call on the issue.

Justice M Govindaraj and Justice S Manikumar posted the matter for further hearing today and asked the unions to inform their decision on withdrawal of the strike by then.