Go on strike, pay the price, govt tells rail staff
In a stern message, railways has warned its work force to be ready to face dire consequences, including sacking and jail, if they chose to go on strike on July 11 along with central government employees. In a letter written on Friday to all zonal managers and other subordinate organizations, Railway Board has cited laws, rules and regulations which can be enforced to stop the 13-lakh work force to go on strike. A top official said the rail spensation wants that dispensation wants that employees should be informed about possible punitive action which can be taken immediately in view of the proposed strike.
The directive came a day after top BJP ministers, including home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley and railway minister Suresh Prabhu, urged the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC), representing 33 lakh central government employees, including railways, defence and postal staff, to call off their stir plan.
Railway employees’ unions have a long list of demands, including the minimum pay for employees to be raised from the Rs 18,000 promised by the 7th Pay Commission to Rs 26,000.
The state-run transporter witnessed the last-known strike in 1974. The 20-day strike was led by then president of All India Railwaymen’s Federation George Fernandes.
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