40,000 railway employees to march to Parliament for better wages
NEW DELHI: Practically 40,000 to 50,000 folks, members of varied Railway unions, are holding a protest march to Parliament within the nationwide capital on Tuesday. The unions are demanding the withdrawal of the Nationwide Pension System (NPS) and enchancment of minimal wages.
The unions are additionally demanding a hike in minimal pay to Rs 26,000 from the present Rs 18,000.
“Below the NPS, the outlined minimal pension or household pension isn’t any extra assured for these workers who got here in authorities service on or after 2004, though they’re frequently contributing 10 per cent of their wages each month in direction of this scheme,” mentioned Shiv Gopal Mishra, basic secretary of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) at a press convention.
Railwaymen from all throughout the nation are taking part within the protest. Nevertheless, the union assured that no rail providers will probably be disrupted and choose few workers will proceed to man the providers.
“We’ve got given directions that no trains will probably be stopped or delayed due to our march. Nevertheless, there will probably be a whole lot of absentees. Most of these affected are kids and they’re very upset and offended,” mentioned Mishra.
In February 2016, the AIRF had carried out a secret poll for its members to determine the longer term plan of action if its calls for weren’t met. Ninety-five per cent of the 9,00,000 railwaymen who voted supported a strike. These workers included railway males from throughout the nation, together with 17 zones and 7 manufacturing models of the Indian Railways.
Mishra mentioned whereas social safety to retired authorities workers was achieved after a protracted battle, it was just about withdrawn with the introduction of the NPS from January 2004.
The demand to scrap the NPS was one of many important calls for made by the central authorities workers final 12 months. A 3-member committee of ministers headed by Residence Minister Rajnath Singh was shaped to debate the grievances however there was no progress.
“There may be anger and anguish not simply amongst railwaymen, but in addition amongst bureaucrats, over this. We’ve got been assured many times that our calls for will probably be met, however nothing has occurred to this point. If they don’t relent, then we should stick collectively and the subsequent step might nicely be disruptive,” Mishra mentioned.
In 1974, railway workers demanding a wage enhance staged a strike that crippled life within the nation for nearly three weeks.
With company inputs