In an attempt to curb trade unions holding the functioning of railways to ransom, the Railway Ministry has directed that supervisors working in safety categories should not be officebearers of recognised trade unions.
The Ministry’s letter to general managers of all zonal railways dated January 30 evoked a sharp response from trade unions who viewed it as a move to muffle their voice.
The letter stated that due to their union responsibilities, supervisors are not able to focus on their primary work of ensuring safety. “It has been observed that these supervisors are hard-pressed for time, and therefore they may not be able to give their undivided attention to their official duties,” the two-page letter said.
The letter also gave a deadline of March 31, 2017 for supervisors to resign as office-bearers of trade unions, and directed the general managers to post “suitable relievers” to their trade union positions. The letter indicated that supervisors could be members of the unions, but not office-bearers. More info
By Kamal Mishra, Mumbai Mirror mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com