AILRSA SWR is organising Zonal Convention and March at Hubli on 25.09.14.
Demanding implementation of:
1. SPAD Directives
2. Intensive Classification
3. HLSRC & HPC reports.
This program is the 3rd stage of the agitation programs for the above demands. The first was Inland Letter Campaign, the second by Divisional Demonstration/Gate Meeting on 13.08.2014.
SPAD: Signal Passing At Danger (SPAD)
Signal passing at danger is a disastrous occupational hazard related only to a Loco pilot/Asst. Loco. There are various occupational hazards connected with just any kind of job in the world but none of them attract the capital punishment. Hence earmarking capital punishment to Loco Running Staff alone for signal passing is grave injustice as nobody does it intentionally.
Peculiarly the Loco Pilot and Asst. Loco Pilot are expected to be super heroes with magical powers and thwart off any unusual incident/accident/loco failure, etc throughout their entire duty/ train journey. While the railways expect 100% perfection from a Loco Pilot, they continue to willfully deny him sufficient rest, Periodic rest, Leave, limitation of duty hours & night duties and better working conditions & pay package. Even though various committees have recommended improving working conditions and limit of working hours, railway management continues to be adamant, and never ever bothers to implement them in their true spirit.
The Railway repeatedly state human failure as the cause of accidents but refuse to investigate why these humans fail. In spite of several accidents, railways is unwilling to face and accept the reality that inhuman rules of working conditions only are the main causes of human failure.
Railway board has circulated the minutes of SPAD meeting (14.06.2012) which discussed most of the issues except Long Hood working, and recommended to limit working hours, continuous night duties, improve the working conditions etc.
Hence the signal passing cases without consequences may be considered as an indication of system failure and the practice of awarding capital punishment may be withdrawn.
AILRSA Madurai Division approached Regional Labour Commissioner challenging the “Continuous” classification. RLC/Chennai recommended for “Intensive Classification”. But GM/SR appealed to Ministry of Labour and Joint Secretary Ministry of Labour which upheld the RLC decision. Now the restless Railways have approached the Honorable High Court of Chennai.
Though various committees headed by renowned judicial members like Justice. G.S. Rajadhyaksha(1946), Justice. N.M. Miabhoy(RLT-1969), Justice. H.R. Khanna(RSRC-1998), and various trade unions recommended reduction of duty hours of running staff for the sake of safety in Railways and wellbeing of the workers, strangely the HPC has not recommended to reduce the total working hours below 10 hours.
High Level Safety Review Committee Headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar recommended filling up all the vacancies existing in Safety categories within 6 months. HLSRC submitted their report on Feb 2012 but sadly it has been carefully shelved in cold storage.
The unrelenting crusade and valiant struggles launched by AILRSA has awakened the Government of India. Realizing and recognizing the dispute raised by AILRSA, consisting of four major demands, involving question of National importance and the need to address and resolve them in true spirit, the Govt. of India constituted the National Industrial Tribunal (NIT), through the Ministry of Labour, under the Industrial disputes Act, 1947, on 27-01-2012. The Case at NIT is still going on, and the next hearing is on 12.09.2014.
AILRSA delegation met 7th CPC at Bangalore on 24.08.14 and successfully presented our view points, arguments and demands.
The 20th All India BGM of AILRSA will be held at Chithorgarh, Rathlam Division of Western Railway on 15th & 16th Nov 2014.