Passengers using the services of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses were left stranded in a few depots in the city on Friday noon, as the staff went on a flash strike demanding MTC higher-ups to reimburse the amount that was deliberately deducted from their salaries. The staff also alleged that officials were marking them absent even on days they had worked.
Their pay day being November 31, the drivers saw their salary slips and found money deducted. A few of them found that Rs 5,000 to Rs 8000 was being deducted from their salary. About 7,000 MTC workers are affected and their salaries cut. Even those leaves availed with official approval have been marked 'absent', he said, adding that since the MTC assured of returning the deducted money, the employees agreed to it.
As the protest intensified, the passengers were affected as most of them were stranded at the depots.
MTC managing director Anbu Abraham visited Tiruvanmiyur depot and spoke with drivers.
He explained about the deduction but said that the protest day would be considered as leave.