Tamil Nadu legislators to get 100 per cent salary hike

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit during his maiden address to the state assembly in Chennai on January 8

The strike by the transport workers is on its seventh day.

His remarks came on a day when the government tabled a bill to give a 100 per cent salary hike to MLAs. The issue triggered uproarious scenes in the Assembly this week with Palaniswami seeking the cooperation of Leader of Opposition MK Stalin (DMK) and others in bringing the strike to an end.

While over 17 trade unions, including the CITU and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-backed Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), are taking part in the protest, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-backed Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai (ATP) also joined the agitation on Tuesday in Dindigul district.

The trade unions of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation called for the strike in support of their various demands including wage revision.

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Further M K Stalin said the government should have avoided tabling the Bill during the session as it has admitted on the floor of the House that it has no money to pay the striking transport employees.

Leading the charge, Stalin raised slogans and staged a walkout along with other DMK and Congress MLAs and the lone IUML legislator. "Our MLA Sakkarapani opposed the bill at the introduction stage itself and the DMK will oppose the bill", he said. "Salary has been hiked". He also took exception to the Speaker's decision not to allow comments against the Governor, saying Jayalalithaa had made "very nasty comments" against the late Governor Chenna Reddy. "Salary hike for the MLAs is needless when the government has no money to pay transport workers".

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.

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