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Suspended Thai railway workers must get their jobs back, says labour relations body

18 January 2010

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has welcomed the findings of an industrial relations body in Thailand that railway union officials who took part in industrial action should not be dismissed.
On Friday, Thailand's tripartite State Enterprise Labour Relations Committee voted on five to four against the sackings of six union officials of the Hat Yai Branch of the ITF-affiliated State Railway Workers' Union of Thailand (SRUT).
The trade unionists were suspended on 28 October 2009 after taking part in industrial action that was geared to highlight urgent safety concerns on the railways.
The committee finding came at the end of a week-long mission by a high-level ITF delegation that visited Thailand to investigate this case and monitor safety standards in the railways. The ITF delegation welcomed the decision and urged the railway company to respect it by reinstating the six workers immediately.
“This is clearly the right decision; we sincerely hope the railway company sees sense and refrains from appealing” said ITF inland transport sections secretary Mac Urata.
Urata added that the ITF was also demanding that the company withdraw the US$9.1 million damages claim that it made against the union following the October stoppages.
“The company must redress its anti-union policy. Any further victimisation of the rail union and its members will be met with strong international protests” he said.
The ITF mission concluded that the company needed to promote good industrial relations and a positive safety culture that involved unions and it called on railway management to work together with railway workers and their union to this end. It also urged the company immediately to install critical of safety equipment.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you

6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.