"I request the employees and trade unions who are involved in this unnecessary strike to realise the factual situation and get back to work as per the court directive", the transport minister said after the court's order.
A temporary driver roped in to fill in for striking road transport corporation bus operator in Tirupur rammed the vehicle into a house. "The 2.57 factor (a wage determination technique) is our demand and talks should be held for that", he said.
Yesterday, the Madras High Court had issued an interim order restraining the employees from striking work. The striking unions refused to end the strike unless their demands are meet for better salaries and pledged to appeal against the order. Chief Justice Indira Banerjee had said that workers could not go on such sudden strikes without any prior intimation.
"The alternative measures that are being taken by the government will only worsen the problem".
CITU leader A Soundarrajan said he felt the court had not heard their side and that the unions will put forth their views on Monday before the bench.
Transport workers have been demanding for a pay revision to Rs 30,000.
Meanwhile, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy over the telephone and expressed concern over the ongoing transport strike, urging the government to expedite talks with the unions.
Following the strike, commuters alleged over-charging by autos and private buses even as scores opted for suburban rail services in Chennai.
Labour Progressive Federation (DMK backed) general secretary M Shanmugam said that the government may be able to operate the buses with the help of temporary drivers, but this will not bring a permanent solution.
The strike started on Thursday night after a meeting between union representatives and State transport minister MR Vijaybhaskar remained inconclusive.
The government has invited those possessing valid driving licences to approach local bus depots to be used as substitute drivers.
Officials said buses were being run by utilising services of workers affiliated to ruling AIADMK-backed union ATP. The strike began on Thursday evening when many bus drivers in Chennai were seen abandoning their buses between 5pm and 8 pm.
To give some relief to the passengers few buses including the private ones hired on the contract were operated by the government with police protection to prevent any untoward incidents.