Chennai: Scores of commuters have been left stranded in various parts of Tamil Nadu as the indefinite strike called by the transport workers' unions continued for the third day on Saturday.
Drivers and conductors of various state transport corporations are on strike demanding wage hike among other things.
The state government has appealed to the agitating members of the transport workers' unions to return to work.
''I appeal to employees to come back for duty. The honourable court has also asked them to come back. As compared to yesterday, more staff have reported for work today, we are also employing private drivers,'' MR Vijayabhaskar, the state Transport Minister said.
''The situation will improve soon,'' he added.
Appeal to employees to come back for duty, honorable court has also asked them to come back. As compared to y'day, more staff have reported for work today, we are also employing private drivers, situation will improve soon: MR Vijayabhaskar, TN Transport Minister on #BusStrike pic.twitter.com/Sx6IlPOeyB
— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2018
A large number of people were seen queued up waiting for the private buses at the different bus stops.
The strike began after the talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar failed.
The members of the transport workers' unions began their indefinite strike from Thursday.
The workers of the transport department have been demanding for a pay scale revision to Rs 30,000.
However, the government has agreed to pay only Rs 24,400.
(With ANI inputs)