The last two days transport unions Strike in Tamil Nadu state. The Madras High Court yesterday said the workers should get back to work or “face consequences”, including termination and contempt of court.
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) workers could not resort to such flash strikes without any prior intimation, causing trouble to the public, the first bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee said while passing interim orders on a PIL filed in this regard.
The court said it was the duty of the state to ensure and protect the rights of its citizens during such circumstances. “The striking workers should go back to work or face consequences, including termination and contempt of court,” it said.
The matter pertains to the strike called by certain transport unions across Tamil Nadu over wage-related issues. The strike entered its second day today.
The public interest litigation (PIL) petition was filed by a lawyer, on behalf of one Varaaki, seeking a direction to the state government to convene a meeting with the workers on strike and find a solution. The petition said the strike had left scores of commuters stranded at the bus stops in various parts of the state since last evening.
When the plea came up, Advocate General Vijay Narayan informed the court that 32 unions had already signed the settlement proposed by the government and that only 14 were on strike.