Railway employees vote on proposed strike issue
VOTING BY a large number of railway employees on the proposed indefinite strike, scheduled to be held in February, began in Varanasi on Thursday. The process will continue till January 8.india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:19 IST
VOTING BY a large number of railway employees on the proposed indefinite strike, scheduled to be held in February, began in Varanasi on Thursday. The process will continue till January 8.
The Northern Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU) is conducting the process in Varanasi division. Around 35 mobile teams have been formed to conduct the ballot at the railway stations in Varanasi, Mau, Ballia, Gorakhpur, Chapra, Bhatani, Deoria, Chauri Chaura, Kaptanganj, Madhi Singh, Allahabad etc.
NRMU, Varanasi division, branch secretary Mithilesh Pandey said a large number of railway employees were ensuring their participation in the voting process. He expressed hope that the proposed indefinite strike by railway employees would be a historical one.
It may be mentioned that the railway employees can go on a strike only if a majority of them favour the move. Pandey added that counting of votes would be held in the presence of a neutral person on January 9 and the result would later be submitted to the Centre.
Major demands of the railway employees include constitution of a Sixth Pay Commission, reviewing the recommendations of the Running Allowance Committee, withdrawal of the new pension scheme, stopping the process of inviting private houses and corporation in the railway sector etc.
He said the decision of going on an indefinite strike was taken during the convention of the All India Railwaymen’s Union at Mumbai recently in view of the ‘anti- employee’ policies of the Centre.