A week after a flash strike by motormen inconvenienced millions of commuters in Mumbai,motormen of Western Railway (WR) and the Central Railway (CR) on Saturday decided to discuss their issues with passenger organizations before taking any decision to strike work.
In a meeting that lasted nearly 3.5 hours,about 50 motormen from associations of CR and WR and representatives of the Rail Kamgar Sena discussed their problems and their demands with representatives of about 20 passenger organisations. We have decided we will give the management one months time to address our demands,failing which we will sit down with the passenger associations and decide the next course of action. If even they fail to help us negotiate with the management,the motormen will decide what to do next, said PN Gupta,general secretary of WR Motormens Association.
Last week,a flash strike by nearly 200 WR motormen inconvenienced more than three million suburban railway commuters during peak evening hours. Their demands pertained to weekly offs,attendants with motormen on trains and giving posts of instructors on seniority instead of merit,among others.
The motormen associations had called the public associations for a meeting to put forward their problems,which are genuine. We will help the motormen. They have assured us they wont strike work again without discussion with public associations, Anees Khan of the Mumbai Suburban Railway Passengers Association said.
However,some passengers associations,including Mumbai Suburban Railway Passengers Association said they still intend to move court against the WR management for lack of action after the strike.