As per the bill, the salary and allowances of legislators have been raised from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1,05,000 per month, an increase of 90.91 per cent.
The bill seeks to give effect to the decision taken by the state government past year to hike the pay for legislators and allowances for the chief minister and ministers with effect from July 1, 2017.
Dhinakaran and the DMK staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu assembly, saying the MLAs's pay hike was unfair when the transport employees were suffering. Following the disqualification of 18 MLAs from the ruling AIADMK, Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin said the government did not have the requisite numbers to remain in power, reported news agency ANI. DMK chief whip R Sakkarapani wanted to oppose the salary bill by mentioning the transport employees' strike, but he was not allowed to raise the issue. There was uproar in the Assembly over the tabling of the bill with DMK and sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran opposing the hike. The indefinite strike, which began last week, is being held by 17 trade unions. "When transport employees have been on strike for the past seven days seeking a hike in their salaries, we will become a laughing stock among the public".
The Madras High Court, on its part, urged unions to resume work immediately. "The trade unions are adamant on the strike for political reasons", said Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar on Monday. With no middle path achieved, the workers have stepped up their protest.
The court also directed the state government to clear the pending dues of the workers. The court also said that none of the striking workers can be terminated from service without the permission of the court.