Railway ticket checkers (TCs) started a chain hunger strike on Tuesday to protest against wearing blazers as uniform, abrupt transfers and a target for fine collection.
“The moment one (person on strike) gets up, another one will take his place and this will continue till our demands are met,” Ajay Singh, divisional secretary of Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh, said.
Explaining the reason for striking, a protesting TC said: “Even lawyers have been given excused by the high court from wearing uniform in this season of excessive heat, so why is it compulsory for us?”
He said ticketless travelers panicked on seeing uniformed TCs. “There have been cases of passengers jumping from the train to avoid us.”
The TCs are striking outside the divisional railway manager’s office in Mumbai Central.
The railways, however, said uniforms were necessary. “If there are more ticket checkers, the tendency to travel ticketless will be curbed,” Sunil Mathur, additional divisional railway manager, said.
But, uniforms don’t help, according to Singh. “When they see us all over the place, they avoid us. How can we finish the target?”