Tamil Nadu bus strike started affecting public from Sunday evening, as several drivers and conductors associated with unions which have called for the strike has gone on leave from that day.
Normal life was affected across Tamil Nadu as government buses were off the roads following an indefinite strike called by more than 40 trade unions of the State Express Transport Corporation.
The strike was announced on Sunday night after talks with Transport Minister M R Vijayabaskar over pending salaries and settlement of benefits to retired staff, including PF benefits, failed. For example, a driver, who retired in 2013, is yet to receive his retirement benefits including his own PF and other small savings. It is blamed that, the management has diverted the funds for freebies of the government, making the staff to suffer.
Thousands of people were left stranded in several districts since Monday morning as most of the state-owned buses were off the roads.
However, associations affiliated to the ruling AIADMK operated the bus services as usual and the authorities were trying their level best to ensure that normal services were maintained.
“Only about 20% of the government bus service was active,” a senior official from transport department said. He said private buses were engaged to fulfil the demand gap.