Eastern Railway workers force railway administration to back down on forced increase in working hours

 

Report by KEC Correspondent

On 30th January 2024, the workers of Kanchrapara, Jamalpur and Liluah workshops of Eastern Railway had protested in front of the Chief Works Manager’s offices against the unilateral decision of the railway authorities to increase working hours in the workshops. This had been reported on the AIFAP website.

The Eastern Railway workers and their unions kept on pursuing this issue relentlessly. Due to this continuous pressure, the Chief Works Manager issued a notification on 11th March 2024, clearly stating that the decision to extend working hours has been put on hold. This is a victory of the united struggle of the railway workers of Eastern Railway workshops.

While workers across all departments of Indian Railways are constantly raising the demand to fill up the more than 3 lakh vacant posts, the Railway Board instead wants existing workers to work for longer hours. All such attempts need to be opposed by railway workers uniting across zones, divisions and unions.

 

 

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