Tamil Nadu

Unions to go to court over roof collapse

Accuse State government of apathy

Various trade unions have planned to take the government and its officers to court over the death of the eight employees of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), who were crushed to death when the roof of a building at the Porayar depot collapsed on Friday.

A statement from the Federation of All Transport Unions asked whether the government cared about and took enough measures to ensure the resting rooms, canteens, toilets were maintained properly. “Those who were supposed to undertake these checks and take appropriate action have failed in their duty. We condemn this dereliction of duty on the part of the Labour Department officials and plan to file cases against them in the High court,” a statement signed by leaders of 10 transport unions said.

At least after this incident, the government departments and labour welfare officials should ensure that all such facilities are maintained properly as per law, it said. The government should consider this sector as a key service sector, which it has failed to do, but should consider it now and provide adequate funds and infrastructure to the Transport Department, the statement said. Terming the deaths as murder, CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said it was negligence of the government departments that caused the accident.

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