SRMU members hold protest against privatisation, FDI in railway sector

तिरुची Tiruchi (TPJ): Railway employees attached to the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) staged demonstrations at various places in Tiruchi Railway Division on Tuesday condemning attempts to privatise railways and bring in foreign direct investment into the sector.

Demonstrations were held inside the Divisional Railway Manager’s office premises and in front of the Armoury Gate at Ponmalai in Tiruchi, and at various places in Ariyalur, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore Lalgudi, Thanjavur, and Kumbakonam.

The protesters demanded implementation of the 7th Pay Commission report with effect from January 1 2014, merger of 100 per cent Dearness Allowance with salary, and immediate disbursement of 25 per cent interim relief.

Scrapping of new pension scheme, disbursement of pension with social security, removal of anomalies in the 6th Pay Commission report, filling vacant posts, and creation of new posts concomitant with the workload were among their other demands.

THANJAVUR: In Thanjavur, SRMU branch secretary Tamilselvan led the demonstration held in front of the railway junction in which zonal secretary Palanivel and branch president Vadivel took part. In Kumbakonam, zonal president Manohar led the demonstration at the Kumbakonam Railway Station.