Bracing for criticism at a when transport workers are protesting for increased wages, Chief Minister E Palaniswami said the state would pay the striking workers dues of Rs 750 crore.
A major controversy broke out on Wednesday after Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami tabled a bill in the Assembly that paves the way for nearly doubling the salary of MLAs, evoking strong opposition from the DMK which questioned the "timing". "At the time of the crisis if this government passes the bill, people will laugh at us".
The government was pushing for the implementation of the proposal - announced in July past year - days after refusing a salary hike demanded by striking bus workers in the state.
Meanwhile the bill also brought the DMK and independent MLA TTV Dhinakaran who also joined ranks with the principal Opposition party in opposing the Bill. "It is not fair to ask that it should be further increased.I appeal to workers.They should return to work", he said.
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Transport corporation unions today said their agitation would continue till their demands on wage revision were met by the Tamil Nadu government. The indefinite strike, which began last week, is being held by 17 trade unions.
Transport workers have been demanding for a pay revision to Rs 30,000; however, the authorities have only agreed to pay them Rs 24,400 per month. The employees are in fact set to intensify protests after the state government issued notices to almost 60,000 workers for abstaining from work on 5 and 6 January, reports The Times of India. Trade unions are misleading the workers on the wage issue.
On Monday, the Madras high court directed the state government not to terminate any of the striking employees without its permission.
Leading the charge, Stalin raised slogans and staged a walkout along with other DMK and Congress MLAs and the lone IUML legislator.