No.AIRF/24(C) Dated: April 27, 2011
Shri Vivek Sahai,
Chairman, Railway Board,
Sub: Resolution - Early settlement of long pending demands of the Railwaymen –
I am pained to bring to your kind notice that in the Working Committee Meeting of AIRF, held in New Delhi on 25-26 April, 2011, Members of AIRF Working Committee were very much agitated about non-finalisation of long pending demands of the Railwaymen, raised by the AIRF, despite all out attempts of the Federation(AIRF). A copy of the Resolution passed by the AIRF Working Committee Meeting is enclosed herewith for your kind perusal. It will be in all appropriateness to avoid confrontation that a negotiated settlement may please be arrived at on the issues contained in the attached resolution. An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated. Yours faithfully, (Shiva Gopal Mishra) DA/As above General Secretary Copy to: Shri V.N. Tripathi, Member Staff, Railway Board, New Delhi. He is also requested to do the needful please. Copy to: Shri P.K. Sharma, Addl. Member Staff, Railway Board, New Delhi. He is also requested to do the needful please. Copy to: Shri A.K. Nigam, Adviser(IR), Railway Board, New Delhi. He is also requested to do the needful please.
ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN’S FEDERATION
4 State Entry Road, New Delhi
The Working Committee of All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) held in New Delhi on 25th April, 2011 notes with serious concern that the grievances of the Railwaymen have been mounting day-by- day, and the attempts of AIRF for negotiated settlement for long pending burning grievances could not get due response from the Railway Board(Ministry of Railways) despite repeated attempts of AIRF through the resolution of the 86th Annual Conference of AIRF held at Nagpur from 28th to 30th December 2010 and various correspondence. The unresponsive attitude of the Railway Board has compelled the AIRF Working Committee to take painful decision to suspend all forms of negotiation with the Railway Board for a fortnight, commencing from 13th June, 2011 and observe “All India Protest Week” simultaneously from 20th to 24th June, 2011 through Dharna, Mass Protest etc. all over the country, followed by demonstrations by respective unions before the General Managers to ventilate the grievances. If the same failed to evoke proper response from the Railway Board(Ministry of Railway), AIRF will be compelled to stage massive demonstration before the Parliament during Autumn Session 2011, followed by meeting of the General Council of AIRF to take decision for precipitative action, the responsibility of which shall squarely fall on the Railway Board(Ministry of Railways). Charter of Demands
1. Fill-up all the vacant posts.
2. Early recruitment of the Substitutes to tide over the present position(AIRF/24(C) dated 5th May 2010 and 1st October, 2010 and GS AIRF’s D.O. letter No.AIRF/64 dated 20.12.2010 to the Member Staff, Railway Board).
3. Sanction additional posts in commensurate with the increase in the workload and stop surrendering of posts on thumb rule. There should not be binding of Matching Savings for creation of posts.
4. Stop outsourcing of perennial nature jobs by way of Public-Private Partnership or any such method and all perennial nature works should be done departmentally.
5. Appoint High-Powered Committee, as agreed during strike negotiation in February, 2006, to review duty hours of the Running Staff and the staff working in Safety Categories. There must not be more than eight hour-duty to any category of staff, and in case of duty hours classified as `Intensive’, the duty hours must not be beyond six-hour.
6. Take steps to limit duty hours, improve Human Resource in the Indian Railways, ensure supply of good quality and required quantity of spare parts/spare units to ensure safety of the travelling public. There should be no enhancement in the duty hours.
7. Ensure all round improvement in training institutes and take steps to motivate trainers and trainees.
8. Remove all the anomalies arising out of recommendations of the VI CPC.
9. Immediate settlement of recommendations of the Department Anomaly Committee pending with the DoP&T/MoF.
10. Complete Cadre Restructuring Exercise without putting the condition of “Matching Savings”.
11. Improve rates of Running/Kilometreage Allowance and pay scales of Loco & Traffic Running Staff as also their working conditions.
12. Pay the arrears of Running Allowance to Loco & Traffic Running staff w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
13. Merge the grade pay of Technicians Grade-II(GP Rs.2400) with Technicians Grade-I(GP Rs.2800).
14. Allot Grade Pay of Rs.4800 to all the Senior Supervisors.
15. Early upgradation of 15% apex level group ‘C’ posts to group ‘B’ posts(AIRF’s PNM item No 5/2006 and DC/JCM Item No 16/2009).
16. Absorb/regularize all the quasi-administrative staff in group `D’ posts in the Railways.(AIRF’s letter No.D.O.No.AIRF/7-B dated 21.01.2010(to Hon’ble MR), No.AIRF/24(C) dated 5.5.2010, No.AIRF/24(C) dated 01.10.2010 and No.AIRF/DC/JCM/27/2006 dated 2.11.2010(to the Member Staff, Railway Board), No.AIRF/446 dated 26.2.2011 and DC/JCM Items No 3/2006 and 27/2006).
17. Widen promotional prospects and grant Special Package to the Gangmen/Trackmen, Keymen, Gatemen, Mate. They should be provided with accommodation facilities near the railway stations. Improve uniform of the Trackman with provision of two pair of shoes every year as well as Washing Allowance. Payment of adequate honorarium to all the Gatemen.
18. LARSGESS should be liberalized and extend to all the categories of the Railwaymen and recruitment qualification in Grade Pay Rs.1800 be kept VIII class pass.
19. Improve condition of railway quarters and railway colonies as also Running Rooms/Rest Rooms and provide adequate fund for the same. Also provide Maintenance Allowance for petty repairs, white washing and painting of railway quarters.
20. Implement 21-day roster for the employees of Track Machine Organization.
21. Pay the arrears of Overtime Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2006, i.e. from the date their pay scales were revised.(DC/JCM item No 24/2010).
22. Early implementation of recommendations of Group `D’ Staff Promotion Committee(Ansari Committee). (AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/483(336) dated 1st October 2008).
23. 8th pass educational qualification for the purpose of appointment against compassionate ground and Scout and Cultural Quota(AIRF/64 dated 4.1.2011).
24. Daily Allowance to Staff Car Driver(AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/97(xxvi)91 and PNM Item No.5/2009).
25. Withdrawal of Railway Board’s letter No.F(E)III2007/PN1/4 dated 19.8.2010 so that employees working in the Construction Organizations can draw their settlement dues based on the last pay drawn. (AIRF’s PNM item No 43/2002 and 7/2009).
26. Payment of Washing Allowance to all those staff who are getting uniforms(AIRF’s PNM item No 48/2006).
27. Pay Transport Allowance to the staff of Rayanapadu and Jamalpur Workshop(DC/JCM Item No. 27/2010).
28. Reimbursement of medical expenses(AIRF’s PNM Item No. 55/2006 and 18/2008 and DC/JCM Item No. 24/2009)Children Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy etc. (Dc/JCM Item No 3/2010 and Transport Allowance).
29. 30%Training Allowance to the Instructors(AIRF’s PNM Item No 23/2010 and DC/JCM Item No 19/2010).
30. Early repatriation and Cadre Restructuring of the staff who are on deemed deputation in IRCTC to the Railway Catering Units(AIRF’s PNM Item No 56/2006).
31. Regularization of Casual Labours waiting in the Live Register(GS AIRF’s DO letter No.AIRF/PNM/20/ 2006 dated 23rd April 2010 and AIRF’s PNM Item No 20/2006).
32. Revision of rates of Patient Care Allowance, Risk Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
33. Removal of anomaly in the annual increment to the employees drawing increment from February to June 2006.
34. Stop selling of railway land to private builders in the name of commercial exploitation of railway land, e.g. Parsvnath Group in Delhi.
35. Ensure safety of railway employees from accidents and physical attacks and the safety of the Railwaymen working in vulnerable areas.
36. Scrap New Pension Scheme.