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Saturday, March 28, 2009

AILRSA Mysore divisional 3rd Biennial General body Meeting held at Hotel KPS Comfort, Arsikere on 27.03.09. Sri MR Jayram welcomed the delegate and Sri SK Sornakar presided over the function.

AILRSA All India Secretary General Sri. MN Prasad inaugurated the BGM. He narrated how the 6th Pay Commission neglected the genuine demands of Loco Running Staff. This association was constantly demanding for just pay and allowances for loco running staff and submitted adequate justification before the pay commission, the high power committee, Railway board and Govt. of India. The loco running staff have resorted all the possible peaceful agitations through demonstrations, Inland letter campaign, deputation to Railway Minister and Railway Board and sit in Dharna before the Rail Bhawan.

The Dharna before Rail Bhawan on the 6th February 2009 had exposed the protest and anger of loco running staff as they assembled in thousands breaking the barriers of the trade union affiliations. The entire general trade unions in Railways too have accepted our demands as genuine and asked the Railway Board to upgrade the pay of loco running staff and review the decisions on running allowance rates.

All our efforts so far have yielded the Railway Board to ask the prioritizing committee to examine our grievances and to suggest modifications with few small concessions. We have submitted our grievances once again to all the members of prioritizing committee. The outcome is yet to be known.

Despite of all these, Railway Board further reduced the pay packet of running staff by discarding the time tested formula decided by RAC 1980, and fixing a low rate of running allowance. So the central committee meeting of AILRSA held at Chennai on 25th and 26th of March is of unanimous opinion to go ahead with the earlier decision of INDEFINITE STRIKE.


The entire nation is heading for a general election and Election commission has imposed the restriction on the Government in the name of code of conduct to pass any new orders. More over the strike action may cause some inconvenience in the way of conducting the election as well as to the general public too in the way of exercising their rights for casting votes.

So, we decides to take the final decision on the date of commencement of strike in the bi-annual General body meeting of the Association scheduled on 26th to 27th June 2009 at Nagpur, in case the grievances are not settled to the satisfaction of staff.

Sri KAS Mani, Central Vice President AILRSA, Sri. Geomy George, Ex Divisional Secretary , AILRSA Palakkad , Sri. C. Sunish, General Secretary, AILRSA, South Western Railway, Sri. K Nishad, Divisinal Secretary, Hubli also were addressed the gathering.

The BGM elected the following as office bearers for Mysore division.

President : B N Singh
Vice President : PK Dubey
Working President : A Haris
Secretary : MR Jayaram
Joint Secretary :Pushty
Treasurer : SK Banerjee

Office Bearers of Arsikere Branch

President : AS Parmar
Vice President : PK Meena
Secretary : SK Sornakar
Joint Secretary :AS Chouhan
Treasurer : VK Chaturvedi
AILRSA,Central Working Committee meeting held at Dhandapani Kalyana mandapam, Thiruvottiyur, Madras division on 25 and 26th March 2009.
Meeting was presided by Com. L Mony, Central president and Com. MN Prasad Secretary General Submitted the report. All the delegates attended in the discussion and the following decisions arrived.
Before commencement of CWC a procession was conducted from TVT Railway station to the hall.Flag hoisted by central president.

The extended Central Working Committee meeting of
All India Loco Running Staff Association was held at Chennai on 25th and 26th of March 2009. The house adopted the following resolutions

This association was constantly demanding for just pay and allowances for loco running staff and submitted adequate justification before the pay commission, the high power committee, Railway board and Govt. of India. The loco running staff have resorted all the possible peaceful agitations through demonstrations, Inland letter campaign, deputation to Railway Minister and Railway Board and sit in Dharna before the Rail Bhawan.

The Dharna before Rail Bhawan on the 6th February 2009 had exposed the protest and anger of loco running staff as they assembled in thousands breaking the barriers of the trade union affiliations. The entire general trade unions in Railways too have accepted our demands as genuine and asked the Railway Board to upgrade the pay of loco running staff and review the decisions on running allowance rates.

All our efforts so far have yielded the Railway Board to ask the prioritizing committee to examine our grievances and to suggest modifications with few small concessions. We have submitted our grievances once again to all the members of prioritizing committee. The outcome is yet to be known.


Despite of all these, Railway Board further reduced the pay pocket of running staff by discarding the time tested formula decided by RAC 1980, and fixing a low rate of running allowance. So the central committee meeting of AILRSA held at Chennai on 25th and 26th of March is of unanimous opinion to go ahead with the earlier decision of INDEFINITE STRIKE.

The entire nation is heading for a general election and Election commission has imposed the restriction on the Government in the name of code of conduct to pass any new orders. More over the strike action may cause some inconvenience in the way of conducting the election as well as to the general public too in the way of exercising their rights for casting votes. The Railway board may take advantages of the above.


So, this meeting decides to take the final decision on the date of commencement of strike in the bi-annual General body meeting of the Association scheduled on 26th to 27th June 2009 at Nagpur, in case the grievances are not settled to the satisfaction of staff.

In the present working conditions and advices as suggested by the medical authorities, including the Railways to maintain A1 Medical standard, timely food and proper night sleep are essential for a category of Loco running staff
The EMU roster contains short [period of rest of about 3 to 4 hours after arriving at out station and then longer duty hours of 6 to 8 hours commencing from the “Vee Hours” of 2 to 5 A.M. The Mail/ Express roster contains pilot / working and working/pilot and staying at running room to pick up “Vee Hours “ trains from head quarters itself.
Hence it is requested to incorporate the timings in Goods/EMU roster/ Mail and Express roster for having Break –fast (8 to 8.20 hrs), lunch (13 to 13 .40 Hrs) Supper (20to 20.30 hrs) and nature call attendance as and when required and proper night rest before and after the duty.

The Railway Board is once again requested to consider the genuine demands of the Loco running staff and to take positive decision at the earliest to keep up the morale of the Loco running staff.

RESOLUTION ON PROGRAMME OF ACTION

In order to maintain the tempo and striking mood of the workers and also to educate more and more cadres and strengthen the association wherever it is weak the CWC
directs as follows.

1. Convention on CPC and running allowance to be held wherever not conducted in Zonal and Divisional levels.

2. Struggle fund to be collected at the rate of Rs 100 per head. Thirty percentage (30%) of the collected amount to be remitted to the central committee.

3. Action committee to be formed in Zonal, Divisional and Branch level. The general guidelines are that, it shall consist of President, Secretary, Treasurer and one each from Joint Secretaries and Asst.Secretaries.

4. MAY DAY -conventions to be organized in Branch level inviting all possible political leaders, sister unions and families of loco running staff. All issues regarding the HOER to be discussed including our programme of action seeking their support.


5. BGMs wherever due to be completed before 15th June 2009.

6. Sufficient wall writings, Notices and leaf lets shall be released to educate the cadre and seeking support of sister trade unions and General public.

7. NF Railway should conduct the Zonal working committee meeting in the 1st week of May in which Com.M.N.Prasad, Com.N.B.Dutta and Com.N.Sarkar will attend.
N Railway meeting to be called at central office at Ghaziabazd on 8th May. In case General Secretary fails to call the meeting President will call the meeting and Com.M.N.Prasad will attend.
NE Railway meeting to be called at Gorakpur on 9th May. Secretary General will attend.
EC Railway meeting to be called at Musafferpur on 10th
May. Secretary General will attend.
SC Railway meeting to be called in the last week of April at a convenient place in consultation with Com.T.Hanumaiah duly informing President and Secretary General.
W Railway Com. Luna Ram is directed to fix up the date and venue of ZWC meeting in the month of April 2009 in consultation with Secretary
General.

ORGANISATIONAL DECISIONS

1. Central BGM will be conducted at Nagpur on 26th and 27th June 2009.
2. The number of delegates will be fixed strictly on the basis of membership for the year 2008.All zones are requested to remit the statement of membership with central quota within one month to fix up the number of delegates for each Zone. The list of delegates and visitors attending the BGM should be sent to reception committee of BGM well in advance to make convenience for accommodation.
3. The delegation fee will be Rs 450 per delegate/visitors excluding CWC members.
4. The ZWC meeting of Central Railway to be held at Nagpur on 5th April 2009 to finalize the details of BGM .Com.M.N.Prasad will attend.
5. All Branches and Divisions are requested to forward the enclosed letter to
concerned state Election Commission and DRMs.


Secretary General

M.N.Prasad

Chennai / 26.03.09.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

DOES PAY DEPRESSION REDUCE?!

On implementation of VI CPC our Association launched various struggles and trade union movement to make awareness about the deprival denial and injustice meted out to our cadre with respect to Pay and Running Allowance. So the Rail Bhavan march on 6th Feb 2009 was a tremendous success with the participation of thousands of our cadres through out India who echoed our sprit and unity. Let us pledge to strengthen our struggle.
The Railway Administration also lends its ears to our grievances with out pushing us into further struggle. In the midst of our struggle Railway Board formed priority committee on 09-01-2009 to prioritize the issues consequent upon the implementation of VI CPC with Railway Board officials and Representatives of NFIR and AIRF as committee members. This committee is directed to submit its report within the frame work and broad parameters adopted by the VI CPC, keeping in view of the vertical/ horizontal relativity maintained with various Categories / Departments. Various Pay Commissions raised the pay structure of many categories on the rationale of education qualification and on the basis of relativity. Hence historical comparison of relativity between categories becomes quite natural and imminent in determining the pay structure.
In this contest it is necessary to clear the doubt whether the pay depression among Loco Running Staff still remains or not? As envisaged in the Railway Board order recently, does the relativity within our category (from ALP to LP Mail) maintained? How does the relativity maintained among other Running Staff and Non-Running Staff? We must know and analyze our self for justifying our demands.

Great injustice done to ALP in VI CPC

CPC Entry pay of ALP Entry pay of Goods Guard Entry pay of Shunting Jamedar Assistant Sub-Inspector RPF Constable Master Cook
III CPC 290 290 225 260 200 260
% with respect to ALP in III CPC -------- 0 22 % less 10 % less 31 % less 10 % less
VI CPC 5830+1900 8560+2800 7510+2400 8560+2800 6460+2000 6460+2000
% With respect to ALP in VI CPC -- 46 % more 28 % more 46 % more 9 % more 9 % more

The above depression in pay is not only for ALP but also for the apex grade of LP Mail.








The following table of comparison shows the depression.

Category I CPC- 1947 II CPC- 1959 III CPC -1973 CRC -1985 IV CPC - 1986 V CPC - 1996 VI CPC -2006
Mean of LP Mail 305 380 625 800 2270 7900 22050+4200
Mean pay of Mail Guard 187.5 242.5 512.5 577.5 2100
7250 22050+4200
% of diff more than Mail Guard 62.6 56.7 22 38.5 8 9 Nil

V CPC recommended Rs 5500-9000 for LP Mail, LP Pass and Mail Guard without considering the nature of duties. After our serious agitations Fast Track Committee recommended for next higher grade to Loco Pilot Mail because of historical relativity maintained with LP Pass and Mail Guard. But Railway Administration instead of granting Rs 6500-10500 reduced the Scale to Rs 6000-9800 by creating a new pay scale (S10A) and deprived the LP Mail. In the Assured Carrier Progression (ACP) case of direct recruited Motorman, the Hon’ble Supreme Court pronounced that after the scale of Rs 5500-9000 next higher scale is only Rs 6500-10500 and same to be granted as 1st ACP for Motorman. Hence allotting a scale of Rs 6000-9800 was absolutely wrong. Henceforth it is clear that the Scale of Rs 6500-10500 have to be allotted to LP Mail.
Once again VI CPC also, without considering the historical relativity and functional differences between LP Shunting, Grade 1 to LP Mail, Pass Guard and Mail Guard allotted with the same Band Pay and Grade Pay of Rs 4200. According to the recommendations of VI CPC and also as per the Government of India orders while merging Rs 5000-8000, Rs 5500-9000 ,Rs 6500-10500 basing on the functional differences distinct and higher grade pay has to be allotted .Various categories in the Railways like Teachers ,Nursing Superintendent in Group C are granted with higher Grade Pay of Rs 4800 and 5400 and also many other categories are allotted with Rs 4600.Therfore considering the nature of duty and relativity the Loco Pilots should have been allotted with distinct higher pay otherwise without promotional benefits no one will opt for shouldering higher responsibilities which is not in good interest of safety and productivity of Railways.
We also deeply deprived in the % distribution of post for financial up gradation while comparing various categories. Above 45% of our entry cadre (ALP) are in the lowest pay band and also 27 % of Loco Pilot Goods Grade 1 , and 27 % of LP Pass 1 in the higher grades are merged with lower grade. We are also deprived in the modified ACP .The historical relativity maintained with Pro Guard will be shattered since under modified ACP Pro Guard will reach Grade Pay of Rs 4800 on third stage. Like wise directly recruited Station Master, Commercial Clerk, Ministerial Staff will also reach Grade Pay of Rs 4800. But at any circumstances Loco Pilot will never reach Grade Pay of Rs 4600, 4800 or 5400.

Deprival of Rightful Running Allowance

The Loco Running Staff are not only deceived by the pay structure but also in the Running Allowance rate. A simple calculation reveals the injustice caused to us in the new rate of Running Allowance

30% of Pay Element in a month = 30% ((9300+34800)/2+4200) = Rs 7875
30% of Pay Element in a day = 7875/30 = Rs 262.50

ALK for LP on RC/Promotional course for 160 km/day = Rs 270
Therefore TA rate for LP per day = 270-262.50 = Rs 7.50

Above figures clearly show that the LP draws only Rs 7.50 TA per day while on RC/Promotional course at out station. But the similarly placed other Group C staff will draw Rs 340 as TA.
Moreover,
National Average Pass KM = 4700
Running Allowance of LP Pass = 169/100 x 4700 = Rs 7973
30% Pay Element in a month = Rs 7875
TA portion for a whole month =Rs 7973-7875 = Rs 68
LP Pass/Motorman who works all the 30 days in a month draws only Rs 68 as TA. Is it justified?
For the past 28 years though there are some deficiencies in the RAC 1980 formula, the periodic revision of mileage rate is effected according to that formula whenever there is a revision of pay or TA. The abandoning of formulae will not only jeopardize the periodic revision but also pave the way for unmindful reduction and will pose great threat to the foundation of Running Allowance
The Railway Board states that though the depression of pay reduced for Loco Running Staff any reduction in Pay Element will adversely affect the morale of staff and deter the productivity of Railways and hence the present scale of Pay Element is continued.
We strongly put forth that the depression is not reduced.
The newly coined depression concept by RAC 2002 is wrong considering the arduous duties, continuous night duty, higher responsibility, health hazard etc. which is totally incomparable with any other Group C staff. Therefore the depression concept is unacceptable. Even for argument if we take the depression concept with other Group C staff the pay depression is not reduced rather it increased.
For example Staff Nurse in scale of Rs 5000-8000,Nursing Sister in Rs 5500-9000 are allotted with grade pay of Rs 4600 and 4800 respectively. Nursing superintendent allotted with Grade Pay of Rs 5400.Further many Group C posts are allotted with Rs 5400 Grade Pay.
The following table shows higher depression percentage.
GP of highest Running staff GP highest Group C Entry pay of corresponding to Running staff GP Entry pay corresponding to highest Group C % of depression
4200 4800 9300 13350 45 %
4200 5400 9300 15600 68 %

Henceforth the depression of pay for Loco Running Staff has increased. This is the apt time to muster our unity and strength to raise our voice of protest against the injustice done to us on pay and allowances. The dedicated Loco Running Staff who steer the Railway in all spheres, stand deprived. Let us aware and propagate to every brethren to come out with vigor and valour to join the struggle forced on us.
In this background our extended CWC meeting will be held on 25th and 26th March 2009 at “Dhandapani Kalyana Mandapam, Opposite to MSM Theatre, Thiruvottiyur, Chennai” to decide our future course of action.
Let us thrive for unity. Strive for success.
Victory belongs to most persevering
Workers unity Zindabad
AILRSA Zindabad

Saturday, March 7, 2009

AILRSA Mysore Division BGM will be helb at Arsikere on 27th March 2009
BGM will be Inaugurated by Com. MN Prasad, Secretary General
Chief Guest. Com. S Prasannakumar, President NREU, Secretary CITU
The following will address
Com. KAS Mani-Central President
Com.SD Arnold-Zonal Presisent
Com. C. Sunish -General Secretary, SWR
Com. R Surendran -DS/SBC
Com. K Nishad DS/UBL
Com.NoorMohammed DS/SWRMU
Com. Pillai Working President /SWRMU
Com. A Jayachandran, Working President AILRSA
Com. PAS Rao, DS/IRLRO/SBC

CWC

AILRSA CWC Will be held
on 25 and 26 of March 2009
at DHANDAPANI KALYANA MANDAPAM,(Nagarathar Choultry)
Opposite to MSM Theatre. South Mada Street, Thiruvottiyur(TVT)
Chennai-600019.

Train Route: From Chennai Central Suburban terminal by EMU local to
Gommidipondi (G)/Sulur pettai (SPE)/Ponneri (PON)/ Ennor(EN)
5th stopping TVT station. Exit in east side near SM office.

Bus Route: From High court or Broad way No. 56 D (MTC bus)-MSM theatre stop
From. Central : any bus to Thiruvottiyur /Ennore No. 28 C1/B1 ellaiamman Kovil stop.

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