Railway unions threaten to go on indefinite strike from April 11 onwards
A majority of railway men are in favour of going ahead with the proposed indefinite strike from April 11th to press for the fulfilment of their demands, a railway union claimed today.
All-India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) General Secretary S Gopal Mishra said the railwaymen would serve strike notice to the respective General Managers of all zones and production units on March 11th for an indefinite strike from 6 am on April 11th in case the government does not meet the demands of the employees.
AIRF is demanding a review of the new pension scheme and 7th Pay Commission recommendations, besides filling up of large number of vacant posts in the railways.
On 7th pay panel reports, Mr Mishra said, “The minimum wage should be increased from Rs. 18,000 per month to Rs. 26,000.”
A notice for going on indefinite strike from 6 a.m. on April 11 will be served to all general managers of the Indian Railways on March 11 “in case the government does not resolve the genuine demands of the employees.”
The unions feel that recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will reduce the “take home” salary of 90 per cent of the railway workers.