September 2, 2015
The one-day strike call given by various trade unions today received mixed response in Tirupur, the Nilgiris and Coimbatore districts, without much impact on normal life.
Private buses, a few taxies, vans and nearly 15,000 auto rickshaws were off the road, in support of the strike, even as large number of students going to schools suffered without proper conveyance. However, Government owned buses plied as usual in Coimbatore district.
Tamil Nadu buses operated up to the border of Kerala, while Kerala buses had totally stopped its services from here.
Attendance was thin in Government offices, including RTOs in the district, while the members of supporting trade unions staged demonstrations at three places in the city and Pollachi, police said.
In Tirupur, nearly 10,000 textile mills and hosiery units were closed, following support extended by the workers for the strike. Private buses, 50 per cent of nearly 2,500 auto rickshaws remained indoor, as a few hotels and food joints were closed in support.
In the Nilgiris district, all the staff of Government-owned Cordite factory in Aruvangad participated in the strike, while buses, auto rickshaws and other modes of transport applied as usual.
At least 47 persons, belonging to Left Parties and Viduthalai Chiruthagail Katchi were arrested in Coonoor, while attempting to stage rail roko at a level crossing.
Around 300 technical and administrative workers of Air Force Station Sulur held agitation in front of the station. Agitations were held by pensioners at Tatabad, all trade unions at South Taluk office and Tamil Nadu Government Workers’ Association inside the collector camp office. SFI, farmers’ sangam, DYFI, and mathar sangam tried to enter the railway station in an attempt to block trains.