Railway workers union has started a hunger strike for 72 hours from today. This is a hunger strike against non-implementation of the provisions of the seventh pay commission.
The union had requested the government for improvement in minimum wage and fitment factor after implementation of seventh pay commission recommendations, provision of guaranteed pension and family pension to all the NPS (National Pension Scheme) covered employees, irrespective of their date of appointment.
“No fruitful outcome has emerged as yet despite lapse of around two years’ precious time,” a statement from All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) said.
“All the branches of AIRF affiliates are, therefore, going to stage the aforesaid ‘relay hunger strike’ from the morning of May 8, all over the Indian Railways,” the statement said.
Ashok Kumar, branch president of the NRMU, said, “Despite several meetings of leaders of the All-India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) with Union ministers, no decision has been taken in this regard. Around 30 railway employees are now observing three-day hunger strike.”
A statement from the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) said that despite several meetings of the AIRF with leaders of the central government organisations and Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways, no decision was taken.