Chennai Municipal Transport employees in 33 transport workshops in chennai went on strike protesting the tamil Nadu government's move to recruit people in the transport sector through private agencies. Due to this sudden protest, the public was affected as buses were halted here and there in the city and suburbs of Chennai. The transport workers protested in areas including Tambaram, Poontamalli, Aavadi and in 33 workshops under the Municipal Transport Corporation in chennai including Pallavan Illam, Saidappettai and Alantur.
The transport workers took part in this protest with demands such as that they will not allow people to be employed by the government transport corporation through outsourcing, and that youth from the Scheduled Castes, Backward and Very Backward communities of tamil Nadu who are waiting for employment in the transport corporations should be given employment.
Due to this sudden protest on monday evening, the bus traffic in chennai was completely paralyzed for a while. Many civilians, including women, youths and old people returning from work, were greatly affected. Later, the strike was called off after accepting the assurance given by the government in the negotiations. After that the buses operated as usual.
Why the struggle? The transport unions have been insisting that private sector recruitment should not be done in the transport sector. A strike notice was issued on behalf of CITU a few months ago, protesting against this recruitment system and insisting that transport workers should not be recruited on contractual basis. In this case, an information spread that 90 drivers and conductors have been appointed on contract basis by a private company in the Municipal Transport Corporation. Following this, the workers of the Municipal Transport Corporation in chennai went on strike on monday evening.
Participation of Thomusa.. Traffic was affected across chennai on monday evening especially due to the participation of Thomusa, the transport union of the ruling party. The protest was held in all 33 transport workshops in Chennai.
Negotiations... tamil Nadu Transport minister Sivashankar started negotiations with the transport union executives after getting information about the strike. After this the struggle ended. After about an hour, the transport workers started running the buses again. Due to this, the traffic in chennai is smooth. Following this, there are reports that negotiations will resume at Pallavan's residence in chennai under the leadership of the minister of Transport.
Anbumani's insistence: In a statement issued by BAMA president Anbumani, "The reason for the protest of the MTC employees is that ten out of the 30 workshops of the MTC in chennai, drivers have been appointed on a lease basis. PMC to hire private drivers on tenancy basis Various trade unions including Respecting that, this sudden strike would not have happened if the management had abandoned that decision.
The tamil Nadu government should announce that the system of appointing drivers through private agencies will be abandoned and the strike of transport workers should be ended. The transport workers should also consider the welfare of the public and give up the sudden strike. The management and employees of the transport corporation should hold talks and find a smooth solution,” he said.