Mumbai’s Western Railway motormen are set to lose a comfortable nest egg.
With the WR finalising the recruitment of 70 motormen to fill up existing vacancies, those now manning the trains will no longer be needed for overtime.
This means they stand to lose upwards of Rs 20,000 a month — for just over an hour of overtime every day.
The overtime fees had, in fact, driven many motormen’s salaries to as much as Rs 1 lakh per month.
“We will now be adding 70 motormen by August,” said WR chief public relations officer S. Gupta. “This will take the total number to 468, with 28 more new recruits than needed. The extra personnel are being hired to fill future vacancies of motormen retiring in the near future.”
The motormen’s unions, however, say they are unfazed.
“We will still have to do overtime when the need arises,” said S. Gurav, member of the Joint Action Forum and one of the motormen who was dismissed for striking work on Monday and later reinstated.
The motormen work 6.25 hours every day, with an additional 1hour and 18 minutes of overtime on average. Motormen have overtime calculated on a fortnightly basis, if they work more than 104 hours in that period.
Four hours of overtime qualifies the motormen for 1.5 times their regular hourly rate. For a new recruit, who earns Rs 50 per hour, that’s Rs 75 per hour of overtime.
The hourly rate doubles if the number of work hours crosses 108 in the fortnight.