Transport union leaders said they will challenge the court order, which they said is one-sided as they were not heard.
Responding to the government warning of action, Sounderrajan said it did not befit the former and insisted that it should opt for talks to end the stalemate. The minister said, "I appeal to employees to come back for duty, honorable court has also asked them to come back". Unions are demanding 2.57% hike in wages but State Transport Minister M.R Vijayabhaskar said the government could only agree to 2.44% increase.
The agitating unions have been demanding a 2.57% hike in wages.
Hours later, state Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar issued the ultimatum to the employees to resume work or face action and reiterated that the present wage agreement was "unprecedented" in many aspects.
Muthukumaran is among the thousands of transport workers who are on an indefinite strike since Thursday evening over the issue of higher wages.
Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) leader A. Soundarrajan said they were ready for talks and regretted that people will suffer.
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. "If they fail to do so, as per the law, departmental action will be initiated against them".
DMK working president MK Stalin on Friday, spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisamy over phone and expressed concern over the ongoing transport strike and urged the government to expedite talks with the unions.
Unions today announced that the strike will continue till their demands are met.
The strike began on Friday after the failed talks between the union and state transport authorities. The State government offered a 2.41-2.44 times rise, which was rejected by union representatives. Private buses and vans had a good run as they were over crowded.
Employees affiliated to ruling AIADMK-backed Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai were plying buses, but reports reaching here said a large number of vehicles were off the road in different parts of the state like Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Madurai among others.