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Railway employees defer nationwide strike

The employees have postponed the strike in view of an assurance from the Centre to look into their demands.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 13:10 IST

Railway employees have deferred their proposed nationwide strike from March 1 in view of an assurance from the Centre to look into their demands.

"We were assured at a meeting of Joint Council for Action for Central Government Employees held earlier in the week that our demands will be looked into and measures initiated within two months," North Central Railway Railway Men's Union general secretary RD Yadav said on Sunday.

He said the Cabinet Secretary who chaired the JCA meeting promised the Sixth Pay Commission would be constituted soon.

North Central Railway Employees Sangh general secretary RP Singh confirmed that the proposed strike had been put off and said "if all our demands are met, we will not have to take extreme measures".

Notices for the proposed strike had been issued by the railway employees unions on February 7 following a "strike ballot" conducted in January in which an overwhelming percentage had voted in support of the cease work.

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 13:10 IST