Saturday, July 2, 2016

Railway strike to hit passengers hard if talks with Centre fail Centre gred to discuss minimum wages issue on 6.7.2016

With the two prominent unions of South Central Railway (SCR) not budging from their decision to go ahead with the strike slated to begin from July 11, SCR authorities are staring at a complete shut down of rail transportation, affecting nearly 1 million passengers per day in the zone alone.Though there is a meeting scheduled on July 6 between the Centre and unions, the workers said they would review their stand only after the meeting. After a series of meetings between central authorities and the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) on Friday, the Centre has agreed to discuss the issue of minimum wages on July 6.
The unions are extending support to the nation-wide strike of central government employees and will call off their strike if NJCA calls off the nation-wide strike on July 6 after the meeting.
The unions have rejected the 7th pay commission 'bonanza' calling it a mockery and will go ahead with the nationwide strike call given by central government unions. So far, all attempts at the central level to resolve the issue have failed and SCR authorities are bracing up for a `total' impact.
“From the looks of it, the unions will not back down as they are basically against the report of the 7th pay commission. If the strike is not called off, will bring all rail movement to a grinding halt,“ said a senior official.
The SCR Mazdoor Union and the SCR Employees Sangh attached to the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) had given a strike notice in early June, 30 days before the strike date as required. Nearly 90,000 union members meanwhile are dedicating a good amount of their time to dharnas and other activities preparing for the strike. “In fact, going by the actual calculations, the increase of salary between the 6th pay commission and the 7th pay commission is barely Rs 440, but it is being wrongly propagated as a big bonanza. The union rejects this false propaganda. Although the Centre has softened its stand a bit fearing the impact of the railway strike, the strike is on for now,“ said K Sivakumar, secretary, SCRMU.
The SCRMU has nearly 80,000 employees while most of the remaining 20,000 employees of the zone are members of the SCR Employees Sangh, who will be participating in the strike.

(Source- TOI)

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