After Rajnath Singh intervention, Rail strike put off

Railway Trade Unions defers their proposed indefinite strike by 4 months

Rajnath singhNew Delhi: Trade unions associated with railways have decided to defer their proposed strike from July 11 following a high-level meeting on Wednesday chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh.

The meeting which also had representatives from various other central trade unions deliberated on a number of issues related to the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission.

Sources said the meeting was “positive’’ as it came in the wake of the proposed July 11 strike called by central government employees’ unions.

The unions and the government evolved a “broad consensus” and arrived at an understanding that finance minister make a statement on the issue soon.

“The government has agreed to constitute a committee to review the minimum wages, besides the anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission report implementation particularly with regard to pension. The committee will review and submit the report soon. The decision is going to benefit a large number of railway employees. Therefore, we have deferred the strike call for a period of four months,” said Jeetendra Singh, general secretary of railway promotee officers association.

This was the second meeting the employees’ unions had with the government on the issue. Earlier, they met the Group of Ministers chaired by Mr Rajnath Singh on June 30.

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of central government employees’ unions including Railways, Post & Telegraph and Defence have announced an indefinite strike from July 11 against the “unilateral” announcement of the Central government on implementation of 7th Pay Commission’s awards.

The trade unions claimed the recommended pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years. They have accused the government of announcing the awards “unilaterally without any consultation with them. RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and other trade unions have rejected the recommendations, contending that it would increase disparity between the minimum and maximum pay.

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