Tamil Nadu: Salary hike only for MLAs, not for transport employees?

Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Edappadi K. Palaniswami

The Tamil Nadu Payment of Salaries (Amendment) Act, 1951, once passed, will come into effect retrospectively from July 2017.

The bill seeks to give effect to the decision taken by the state government previous year to hike the pay for legislators and allowances for the chief minister and ministers with effect from July 1, 2017. "I am opposing it", rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran and MLA representing R K Nagar told reporters outside the House.

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

Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam introduced the bill which was opposed by DMK whip R Sakkarapani, reports PTI. (TNSTC) employees intensified across the state on its seventh day on Wednesday with the family members of employees joining the demonstrations. The government is likely to invite fresh criticism over the bill, this time from transport unions that have been on strike for better wages.

"What is the need to hike the salary now?"

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The government was pushing for the implementation of the proposal - announced in July a year ago - days after refusing a salary hike demanded by striking bus workers in the state.

The 17 trade unions on strike include those affiliated to the opposition DMK and the Left.

However, the workers, who demand a 2.57-time hike, stepped up their protest and held demonstrations.

As the issue triggered a war of words between the treasury and Opposition members on Tuesday, Palaniswami also sought the cooperation of Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin (DMK) and others in bringing the strike to an end.

The High Court reiterates that public should not be inconvenienced with festive season around the corner, says, the government should immediately implement the wage hike of 2.44%.

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