Indefinite Strike by Railway Employees from November 23, 2015 – SRMU General Secretary – N. Kanniah…
Southern Railway Mazdoor Union General Secretary Sri. N. Kanniah has said that the Railway Employees will start an indefinite strike from November 23, 2015 onwards if the Central Government fails to answer their charter of demands.
Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission in the stipulated time, to stop the government’s move to corporatize Railways, re-introduction of old pension scheme to the employees are the main demands. He said that instead of introducing new techniques to develop Indian Railways, which is the largest public sector in the world, the government is trying to privatise it. Recently the government has allowed a 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Indian Railways against 50% earlier. He also said that the government has formed Sreedharan Committee and Deb Roy Committee to study and make ways to privatise Indian Railways.
Mr. Kanniah, who is the Southern Regional Convenor of the Joint Action Committee, clarified that a charter of demands from the Railways, Postal and Defence Employees has been sent to the government. The Deb Roy committee had recommended to the government to drop Railway Medical Department, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Medical treatment through private hospitals and so on. The committee also recommended, suburban train services in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai to be privatized and coach factories like ICF, RCF and Mechanical, Electrical and Signal workshop also to be privatized.
He criticised the government for not filling up of more than two lakhs vacancies in Indian Railways in the last six years. If the government implements Deb Roy Committee recommendations, more than eight lakhs of employees will lose their jobs and the common man has to suffer as ticket fares will go up in all trains.
He pointed out that in foreign countries like England, Japan and New Zealand, where Railways are under private companies, suffered huge losses and they are pressing their governments to take over from them.
Mr. Kanniah, while explaining the mode of protest, said that, a secret ballot for the indefinite strike will be held and if 51% of the employees support the strike, the union will issue notice to the government and the indefinite strike will start from 6.00 a.m. on November 23, 2015.
Inputs from ‘Mathrubhumi’