Railway employees to go on strike from April 11
The employees of the Indian Railways have decided to go on a nationwide indefinite strike from April 11. An announcement to this effect was made by SG Mishra, the general secretary of the railways workers union.
Discussions and consultations are currently being held all over the country over the proposed indefinite strike. The meeting was held in Coimbatore on 5.3.2016. SG Mishra, the convener of the all India protest team, and the General Secretary of the All India Railway Federation, presided over the meeting.
He said, “The new pension scheme must be revoked. The minimum wages must be increased. The discrepancies in the 7th Pay Commission must be removed. The 2,56,000 vacancies in various railway departments must be immediately filled. It has been decided to launch an indefinite stRailway employeesrike from April 11 onwards, demanding the implementation of a 37-point charter that includes these points. We have no option but to launch the strike if no favourable schemes are announced during the current Parliamentary sessions. We will issue the notice to the Centre on March 11.
“Notices will also be issued to all persons concerned, including passengers, all over the country. The centre must stop privatizing public sectors like the Railways. Decision to privatize will amount to supporting the capitalistic policies. It will also affect the well-being of the railway workers. We will continue to protest against the decisions to privatize.
“We vehemently object to the revised pension scheme. The scheme must be revoked during the current parliamentary session. Even if a person had been a Member of the Parliament for just one day, he is entitled to a lifetime pension. It is unacceptable that pension is being denied to workers who had spent their entire careers working for the government.
“There is no doubt that the current railway budget is pro-people. The government must take steps to increase monetary allocations to improve the railway infrastructure. The argument, that all the revenue generated by the railways is being given away as salaries to its employees, is unacceptable. Railway employees are dedicating themselves to the development of the railways.”