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ITF increases pressure on Thai railway managers

ITF increases pressure on Thai railway managers

Thai railway workers' protest rally
Protest rally by Thai railway workers

The ITF has stepped up pressure on Thai railway managers, following the launch of a website protest campaign. The move responds to reports of further anti-union intimidation by the railway company and a government minister.

Signatories of the online campaign, which was launched on the Labourstart website on 8 February, are demanding that the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) desist from escalating its conflict with the ITF-affiliated State Railway Union of Thailand (SRUT). So far, more than 3,000 signatures have been collected.

The campaign was set up after the SRT submitted a charter of demands to the SRUT, revoking important aspects of the collective bargaining agreement relating to rail safety. The charter was then withdrawn within few days, after employees expressed concern about its possible consequences. In November 2009, pressure from the SRT led to a number of union members signing a petition against the union leadership; this resulted in an extra-ordinary meeting of the union on 3 February 2010, where management attempts to undermine the union were roundly defeated.

Last year six railway workers were dismissed for participating in industrial action over safety following a fatal accident; a tripartite panel voted against the dismissals in January 2010. The transport minister, however, immediately raised objections and instructed the SRT to take the case to court. The ITF is calling on the SRT to review any such move.

In a letter dated 5 February, Øystein Aslaksen, ITF railway workers’ section chair and president of the Norwegian Locomotive Drivers’ Union told SRT governor Yutthana Thapcharoen: “The ITF, once again, calls upon the SRT to stop its anti-union policies towards the SRUT and to start building a sound industrial relationship.” He added that the ITF would submit a complaint to the International Labour Organization (ILO) freedom of association committee “where your government and your organization will be subject to further scrutiny from the ILO”.

“Should you cease your hostility and aggression towards the SRUT, the ITF is prepared to assist your organization in rebuilding a better industrial relationship and social dialogue with the union and to restore and improve the reputation of your organization globally,” he added.

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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.