Flash strike at Madurai by Loco pilots affiliated to SRMU

मदुरै Madurai Jn (MDU): The Rameswaram-Tiruchi passenger train was detained in the originating station for over an hour following a flash strike by loco-pilots affiliated to Southern Railway Mazdoor Union on Wednesday.

The pilots went on strike demanding the railway administration to ensure stipulated working hours, well-maintained running room and quality food for them. The Railway Board had ordered that the running crew should return to headquarters within 36 hours after they joined duty, union’s assistant divisional secretary, V. Ramkumar said. However, it was not followed in Madurai division.

He demanded that accommodation at the running room for loco pilots be provided with facilities available in three-star hotels and the quality of food should be on a par with that given to passengers of two-tier AC coaches of Rajdhani Express.

The strike was withdrawn after the intervention of Divisional Railway Manager A.K.Rastogi, who promised to discuss the issue with the union, he said.