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Chennai
TNSTC unions go on strike: Even as the Tamil Nadu government was holding negotiations with most of the trade unions, a major section of the transport corporation workers went on a flash strike from Thursday evening, leaving thousands of passengers stranded across the State. However, in a few areas officials ensured skeleton services.
Bus services of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation in many districts of the state were curtailed since Thursday night as crew members belonging to employees unions, which did not agree to the wage accord offered by the government, resorted to strike.
The strike, following failure of talks – on wage revision and clearance of pending dues – with Transport minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar, affected bus services in state capital Chennai, Madurai district, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli to a large extent since around 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Madras High Court refused to take suo motu notice of ongoing TNSTC strike, reports Mohamed Imranullah S. HC said it would hear case against ongoing TNSTC strike by 2:15 p.m., if a petition could be filed before that.
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami chaired a meeting with senior Ministers and officials to discuss the situation following the strike by transport workers, reports Dennis S. Jesudasan.
Chennai: With buses off the roads, many students went walking to schools and colleges this morning in the capital city, reports Sangeetha Kandavel.
Only 25% buses were operated from Tambaram, Chromepet, Alandur and Chengalpet depots, which include STC buses. Only destinations on main routes were covered by these buses. Places like Manimangalam, Sethupet, Malaipattu, Kuruvanmedu, Amarampedu, Nandambakkam were left at the mercy of share autos, reports T. Madhavan.
Kancheepuram: Skeleton services on prime routes from Kancheepuram was ensured on Friday morning much to the relief of office-goers who were affected by the commencement of the State-wide bus strike from Thursday evening.
Coimbatore: Only 22% of TNSTC buses moved out of TNSTC depots in Coimbatore district at 11 a.m. The situation will become worse in the afternoon, even as crew members affiliated to ruling ATS will close the trips, sources said. Crowd is a thin at Gandhipuram moffusil bus stand, reports R. Arivanantham.Buses stopped operating from Singanallur, Ukkadam, Mettupalayam, Gandhipuram moffusil and town bus stands.
Tiruchirapalli: Sources in striking unions in Tiruchi claimed that some bus crew had brought the vehicles to the depots in Tiruchi region. TNSTC officials conceded a section of buses were returning to the depots and there was no instance of passengers being off-loaded midway.
In Pudukottai, buses headed to the depots at Pudukottai and Gandarvakottai after completing their trip without proceeding further. Passengers were caught unawares and were stranded at Pudukottai bus stand as the state transport corporation buses began to head to the depots.
R. Rajaram reports, commuters in Tiruchi and other districts had to depend largely on private buses as movement of government buses were sparse. The strike caused severe hardship to regular commuters especially those in the rural areas in the absence of government buses. As a precautionary measure, police personnel were deployed at the bus depots across the central region where a fleet of buses were parked. The TNSTC has put up notice boards inviting private drivers to enroll themselves as temporary hands to operate the buses.
Udhagamandalam: Only 40 of the 345 TNSTC buses in the Udhagamandalam division took to the roads on Friday, reports Rohan Premkumar.
Vellore: Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation staff list their demands as CITU, HMS, AITUC, TTSF, PTS and LPF support the strike, seeking a minimum monthly salary of Rs. 19, 500.

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