National Federationf Indian Railwaymen
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Indian NationalTrade Union Congress (INTUC)
lnternational Transport Workers' Federation (lTF)
No. IV/RSAC/Conf./Part. V
The Secretary (E),
Sub: Information Pertaining to Allowance payable to Officers/Staff of Railways-Para-wise views-reg.
Ref: (i) Railway Board's O.M. No. E(P&A0 Il-2014/Misc. 3/7th CPC dated 20/10/2014.
(ii) NFIR's PNM Item No. 8/2011:
Reckoning computation of retirement benefits- Running staff- circulated by Railway Board vide NFIR/PNM/105 dated 24/01/2015.
(iii) Discussion held in the NFIR PNM on 11th April, 2015.
(iv) NFIR's letter No. IV/RSAC/Conf./Part. V dated 15/04/2015 to the VII CPC
ln the NFIR's PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 10th/11th April 2015, the Federation strongly opposed the unjustified action of Railway Board in making a reference to the VII CPC on Running staff allowances issue as these matters are required to be settled through bi-partite agreement. The Federation has demanded withdrawal of reference made by the Railway to the 7th CPC. Responding to the Federation's plea, the Member Staff had assured to take further necessary action in the matter. Federation is however disappointed to note that though a period over two months has passed since last meeting, there is no communication from the Railway Board indicating the action taken on PNM commitment.
In this connection, NFIR re-iterates below a few specific facts for consideration of the Railway Board:-
- The Mail/Express, Passenger and freight trains are run and managed by Loco pilots/Asstt. Loco Pilots & Guards, therefore, they are known as 'Running Staff’, their nature of duties is distinct from the other categories of Railway staff.
- The duties of Running staff primarily involve continuous sustained attention with very high degree of alertness to ensure safe working of trains and equally safety of travelling public.
- The duties of Running staff have always been varying depending upon the type of train, locomotive and the section on which they are required to work the train. While working trains, the Running staff have to remain out of Head Quarters on most of the days, the period of which exceed s 24 to 80 hours.
- The Running staff are per force involved in frequent night working, besides working on high speed Mail/Express and freight trains on long stretches, covering the distance of over 300 kms. on automatic signalling and electrified sections.
- The amount of stress developed by Running staff is immeasurable in view of continuous arduousness and alertness.
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2. The High Power Committee (R&S) set up by the Railway Board to review the duty hours of Running and other safety categories staff led by Shri D.P. Tripati had submitted its report to the Railway Board in August 2013. The High Power Committee in its report had mentioned the following:-
(a) To address the seeming sense of discrimination amongst the running staff that they have to work for longer periods than other railway staff without provision of adequate rest.
(b) The Running staff needs to be seen as normal human beings, having social and personal obligations just as all other people.
(c) Scientific researches/studies which establish that night rest cannot be substituted by day rest.
(d) Ill-equipped facilities at Running Rooms do not fulfil genuine need for outstation rest, which administration assumes to have been provided.
(e) Higher monetary compensation alone does not compensate for inadequate rest, disruption in family ties and unhealthy work and rest environment.
(f) The recommendations be seen in totality and not only from the point of view of duty hours, but total rationalisation of working environment of running staff, e.g. duty hours night working, periodical rest, cab improvement, running-room improvement etc.
(g) The recommendations have kept in view the futuristic scenario of IR as envisaged in the Vision document-2020.
3. Considering various factors involved and the recommendations of the High Power Committee (R&S), NFIR invites attention of the Railway Board to the recommendation of High Power Committee (R&S) as below:-
"Moreover, a Loco Pilot, for reaching the level of Mail/Express Loco Pilot, has to pass through all the stages of Running Staff Cadre starting from Assistant Loco Pilot. Thus, he would generally have crossed his middle age by the time he reaches this level. Obviously, his working stamina and concentration level gets affected on this account and expecting the same level of concentration and physical output from him as that from a younger freight Loco Pilot is perhaps not justified".
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to let the Federation know whether the communication sent to the Chairman, 7'n CPC has been withdrawn. Federation also seeks meeting for separate discussion on issues.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)