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Dec 13 2016 (08:03)  Railway employees to protest from Dec 12 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Aurangabad: Responding to National Federation of Indian Railwaymen's (NFIR) call, the South Central Railway Employees Sangh (SCRES) is all set to observe a protest week between December 12 and 16.
Announcing this at a press conference, NFIR general secretary M Raghavaiah said the protest is against non-fulfilment of commitments promised by the government. However, the protest week will not affect passengers and routine operations of trains.
All railway employees and staff members will participate in the protest week by putting black bands on their arms, conducting gate meetings and organising rallies.
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employees do not wish to go on strike as they are aware of the losses it would cause to the nation besides affecting movement of passengers and goods. Keeping this in mind, we have decided to highlight our long pending demands without disrupting routine operations," Raghavaiah said.
He added, "On many occasions, the central government and railway ministry have agreed to fulfil our demands but the authorities did not do anything. Thus, we are observing the protest week wherein we will conduct gate meetings and raise slogans. The sangh will wait for one month and if government fails to take positive steps, the agitation would be intensified."
Elaborating on the demands, Raghavaiah said the railway employees want better wages, reduced working hours, filling up of all vacant posts especially those responsible for safety of passengers and trains. "There are many other demands which are not new for the government," he said.
The job of railway employees cannot be compared with employees of any other organisation. "The conditions under which our drivers, guards, linemen, gatemen and signal operators work are quite peculiar. Most of our employees are based in forests and remote places. Drivers have to spend hours in loco engine in harsh conditions. But on the other side despite of increased traffic flow, the railway employees are being exploited," he said.
"The railway staff should get salaries that could justify their duty, responsibility and accountability. But in the seventh pay commission the government has given us unsatisfactory hike," he added.
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