13 Lakh Railway Employees to go on Indefinite Strike – NFIR on behalf of Railway Employees is demanding a review of the new pension scheme and 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Over 13 lakh Indian Railway employees will go on an indefinite nationwide strike from July 11, 2016 to press for the fulfillment of their demands.

 As per media report, the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) would serve strike notice to the respective General Managers of all zones and production units on June 9 for an indefinite strike from July 11.

NFIR on behalf of Railway Employees 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.

Demands include,

  • Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7th CPC sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.
  • Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc., in Railways & Defence, different categories in other Central Government establishments by the 7th CPC.
  • Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/Family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.
  • No privatization / outsourcing / contractorisation of governmental functions ii) Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and allowances to the GDS.
  • No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.
  • Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; Regularize the casual/contract workers.
  • Extend the benefit of Bonus Act, 1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with the effect from the Financial year 2014-15.
  • Ensure five promotions in the service career of an employee.
  • Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers.
  • Revive JCM functioning at all levels.
  • Improve minimum wage of Rs. 18,000/- and multiplying factor. Reject all retrograde recommendations of VII CPC.
  • Scrap New Pension Scheme (NPS) and restore old pension scheme to he made applicable to those employed on & after 1.1.2004.
  • Stop anti-worker amendments of labour laws.
  • Ensure parity in pay structure & promotional scope for common categories with those working in the Central Secretariat/Ministries.
  • Ensure payment of P.L. Bonus at the rate of Rs. 7000/- p.m. for the year 2014-15 as was done in October, 2008 when the salary calculation limit was revised from Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 3500/- p.m.

Source: Zee News