Commuters were in for a hard time on Thursday as suburban services on the Western Railway collapsed after motormen went on a flash strike at 4pm. The WR administration struggled to stop the strike and services resumed only at 5.30pm.
More than 80 motormen struck work, in protest of the sacking of their colleague, Malkit Singh, after he rammed a train into a dead-end buffer at the Andheri station, in March 2010, injuring some commuters. The action was taken on Wednesday, after an inquiry into the incident. The striking motormen congregated at the Churchgate station.
Coming at the evening peak hour, the strike severely inconvenienced commuters, and chaos reigned at the Churchgate station, where commuters tried to barge into the motormen’s cabin at the station, demanding that the strike be called off.
The motormen claim that the inquiry that was set up soon after found that the spring buffer should have been replaced with hydraulic ones, the distance between the buffer and the terminating point for the train was less and there was problem in the train. “We withdrew the strike after the administration promised to take Singh back within a week,” said Devendra Yadav, chief conveyor, Western Railway Motormen Association.