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Hunger strike on: Motormen

The meeting on Wednesday, between the motormen and the Fast Track Committee — formed by the Railway Board at Delhi — aimed at looking into the motormen’s demands was unsuccessful.

mumbai Updated: Apr 29, 2010 02:07 IST
Shashank Rao

The meeting on Wednesday, between the motormen and the Fast Track Committee — formed by the Railway Board at Delhi — aimed at looking into the motormen’s demands was unsuccessful.

Therefore the motormen strike, scheduled for May 3 is still on.

Now 1,000 more disgruntled motormen have threatened to run local trains on an empty stomach on May 3.

“We will go on an indefinite hunger strike on May 3 because there was no concrete assurance from the Fast Track Committee to look into our demands,” said S. V. Hardikar, core member, Joint Action Forum comprising of motormen from Western and Central Railway.

“We will not obstruct train services. But they will automatically get affected on the second or third day because it is impossible for us to run trains with fatigue,” said a motorman on condition of anonymity.

If motormen go on an indefinite hunger strike, commuters could face problems.

Motormen say driving a suburban local train requires a lot of patience and concentration due to the quantum of train services running on the section, trespassers constantly crossing tracks and pressure of running trains on time.

All this will be difficult to do on an empty stomach.

“We won’t be drinking water either. This can also cause dehydration and giddiness,” said another motorman.

The motormen claim the Fast Track Committee members have forwarded the set of demands to the Anomalies Committee, which deals with problems of railway employees.

Railway authorities, on the other hand, said, the Fast Track Committee comprising four members who visited Mumbai, asked for more time before submitting a report on the motormen's demands.

The committee was supposed to meet the motormen and submit a report within two months starting January 26, when they threatened to go on mass leave.

“They [the committee] have listened to the grievances and will get back to the motormen as and when they take a decision,” said S. Mudgerikar, chief public relations officer, central Railway.