Employees of nearly 42 trade unions of Central government will go on indefinite strike from 6 am onwards on 11 July, said a statement issued by National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR). In this connection thousands of employees on 24 June demonstrated before the Parliament.
On the call of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) which has trade unions of railways, insurance, banks, postal, telecom services and army engineering services, the employees held a massive demonstration at all India level against the retrograde recommendations of the VII Central Pay Commission.
The decision of the strike has been taken through secret ballot process forcing its leadership to fight a decisive battle.
Addressing the demonstrators, the convener of the NJCA and General Secretary All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), Shiva Gopal Mishra said, “There is serious resentment among the Central Government employees in general against retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, New Pension Scheme (NPS) and non-settlement of their long pending genuine demands.”
He also said in case the government does not resolve the demands of the employees, this is going to be the biggest and historical strike of the Railway employees.
The rally was also addressed by Rakhal Das Gupta, President AIRF, Guman Singh, President NFIR, K.K.N. Kutti, President Confederation, C Srikumar, General Secretary All India Defence Employees Federation and R.N. Parashar, General Secretary National Federation of Postal Employees.