7th Pay Commission: Rail union ends strike but no clarity on pay hike, likely to continue agitation
New Delhi: Railway employees’ union on Friday morning ended their 72-hour relay hunger strike against non-implementation of the provisions of the 7th Pay Commission, the strike had begun on Tuesday morning but there was still no clarity on pay hike.
“The 72-hour relay hunger strike was organised across India to press for our genuine demand of improvement in minimum pay and fitment factor after implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations, provision of guaranteed pension and family pension to all the NPS (National Pension Scheme) covered employees, irrespective of their date of appointment,” leaders of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), said.
AIRF leaders told us, despite several meetings of their top leaders with officials of the central government organisations and Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways, the government has not taken any decision on their 7th Pay commission linked demands.
AIRF leaders also upset over-reported move of the government to privatize the national transporter.
“All the branches of AIRF affiliates, therefore, staged the aforesaid ‘relay hunger strike’ from Tuesday morning to today morning successfully, all over the Indian Railways,” they added.
The AIRF leaders while ending the strike said that their demands have not been met by the government till date.
General secretary of AIRF Shiv Gopal Mishra said employees will go on an indefinite strike if demands are not met.
“If the government is not bothered about our interest, then, I am sorry to say, we also are not bothered to go indefinite strike,” he asserted.
However, top Railway officials said that services were not hit by the strike. They said all things were normal from Tuesday morning to till date.