From our Correspondent
Bongaigaon, June 22: An emergency central executive meeting of the Youth Committee of North East Frontier Railway Mazdoor Union (NFRMU) was held on Tuesday night at NFRMU’s central office at Pandu. The meeting was called in connection to the upcoming India wide indefinite strike from July 11 called by tiol Joint Council of Action (NJCA), the joint platform of all Central Government employees’ unions and federations. Rakhal Das Gupta, president of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) and general secretary of NFRMU discussed the history, action plan and programme for the strike here in this meeting.
Addressing the executive body, Rakhal Das Gupta said that the strike had been called in support of the 36-point charter of demands, including scraping of tiol Pension Scheme, stopping FDI in public sectors, abolishing anomalies of 6th Pay Commission, implementation of 7th Pay commission withdrawing the anti-labour recommendations and putting policies for development of labour class in it.
“Decision for going to strike had been taken in November 2013 in the annual conference of AIRF in Pat because government had not paid interest to the demands of AIRF for appointing 7th CPC. Accordingly, strike ballot had been conducted throughout India in December, 2013 and 97 per cent employees cast their vote in favour of strike. But the government had discussed certain issues on February 7 and decided to set up a first-track committee to settle them. For which, the strike had been postponed at that time,” he said.
“The government appointed 7th CPC on February 28, 2014 and AIRF submitted memorandum including several demands for welfare of employees. In the meantime parliamentary election was held and BJP-led NDA government took charge. We waited for some time. But just after taking charge, this government wanted FDI in all sectors. Also settled a committee led by Bibek Deb Roy who submitted the report overloaded with anti-labour recommendations. We sent several letters against this, but government did not pay any interest and hence NJCA had decided to go on strike. The strike notice had been served on February 11, 2016. But cabinet secretary had called a meeting on March 1, 2016 and requested for giving some time to the government as election notification for five States had been declared. We again waited for three long months responding to his request. But yet we have not got any response from the government and hence NJCA again served strike notice on June 9 for India-wide on. We have decided to go for indefinite strike from July 11 and all over the country preparation is on for the strike,” he said.
He instructed the youth committee to take led in this strike. He instructed them to involve every person in this strike so that the administrative system collapses for the strike. Several leaders, including Pijush Chakraborty, Dilip Chakraborty, both joint general secretaries of NFRMU and many others were present in this emergency meeting.