On International Labor Day, 2,600 train controllers across the country will wear black badges and observe a Black Day.
They are unhappy with the Indian Railways management’s cold response to their demands and so will protest in their unique way on Sunday.
Train controllers monitor the running of services and coordinate with the station managers.
“If we come out on the streets not a single railway will be able to run in India. This [a protest] has never happened in history because we are concerned about the commuters and that’s why we have decided to protest silently,” said Anil Bharda, secretary general, All India Train Controllers' Association.
“We demanded basic amenities such as weekly calendar day rest, filling up of vacancies and better working conditions, but there was no willingness from any authority,” said Bharda.
According to the association, of the 68 railway divisions across India, at least 53 will observe a Black Day on Sunday, including the Mumbai division.
But the official spokesperson of both Western Railway and Central Railway said such a protest will not take place in the city as the railways have fulfilled their demands.
The All India Train Controllers' Association has also demanded a job analysis study to be conducted across divisions as the controllers’ job is very stressful and many suffer from stress-related health problems.
The association also demanded that train controllers be considered as the safety cadre and they should also get allowance for it.
Bharda added that the All India Train Controllers' Association is considering affiliating with the recognised railway unions.