GUWAHATI, Feb 14 - The NF Railway Mazdoor Union will go on an indefinite strike from April 11 over what it has termed as the anti-labour and anti-people policies of the Central Government and the Railway Ministry.
The decision to go for a strike was taken after over 94 per cent of the union members voted for it during a strike ballot.
A total of 43,918 union members participated in the ballot that took place across the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone on February 11-12. Counting of votes took place yesterday and continued till late night and the official results were declared today.
As per the results, 41,439 members voted in support of going for a strike, while 653 voted against the strike proposal. Another 1,826 votes were cancelled.
“Altogether 94.4 per cent of the union members voted in favour of going ahead with the indefinite strike,” said a senior member of the NF Railway Mazdoor Union. He said that as per decision of the union, a strike notice will be served on March 11 to the NFR authorities. A big convention and demonstration will be held at the NFR headquarters in Maligaon on the occasion.
“Then we will go on an indefinite strike from April 11,” he said.
The NF Railway Mazdoor Union went ahead with the decision to conduct the strike ballot following what it termed as anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Union Government.
The All India Railwaymen’s Federation had earlier submitted a 36-point charter of demands to the Ministry of Railways and the union said that no response has been received from the government in this regard.
The union has also demanded scrapping of the Bibek Deb Roy committee, besides recall of the notification issued by the Centre on September 2014 in the matter of 100 per cent FDI in construction, operation and maintenance of the Indian Railways.
It has also demanded scrapping of all agreements entered with foreign companies “in detriment to the interest of Indian Railways and the country as a whole.”
The NF Railway Mazdoor Union has also demanded settlement of all grievances through bilateral agreement in respect of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The union has said that the recommendations of the Pay Commission has done serious injustice in the matters of computing minimum wage, wage structure of different categories of railwaymen, various allowances, hospital leave, covering of all staff irrespective of date of appointment by pension and family pension and scrapping of NPS, among others.