Motormen’s flash strike derails Western Railway


TNN

Write Comment     |     E-Mail To a Friend     |     Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Print


MUMBAI: Western Railway (WR) motormen brought the city to a standstill on Thursday evening after they went on a flash strike from 4.30-5.30pm demanding that the railway authorities reinstate a colleague who was to be discharged from his duties. Though the strike lasted for an hour, services limped back to normal only by 7pm.

With no announcements or updates, thousands of commuters-who had been inconvenienced by the BEST bus strike-milled around platforms at Churchgate and WR stations waiting for a train to take them home. WR was forced to cancel 25 local trains between Churchgate and Virar. Nearly 80 WR motormen reported sick in the afternoon: At 4.30 pm, trains at Churchgate station did not pull out of platforms, and other locals simply halted at stations along the western line. Commuters who were asked to disembark said that some south-bound trains returned to Dadar station and "refused to move". "The train which was at Dadar station began moving in the opposite direction to Virar," said one commuter.

WR authorities, on Wednesday, had started the paperwork to discharge Malkit Singh a motorman who had been found guilty for ramming a train into a stoppage point (dead end) at Andheri station in March 2010. Ten passengers were injured when a coach was derailed because of the accident. "On Wednesday, process to issue a removal notice to Singh was initiated and we thought that we should stand for him, so we decided to carry out the flash strike.

Nearly 80 motormen reported sick as they were not in a mental frame of mind to run the trains," said Devendra Yadav, convenor of Western Railway Motormen’s Association (WRMA). WR has around 440 motormen on its rolls. "Even after the strike was officially called off, train services were running late by 10-15 minutes up until 7pm," said a WR source.

At stations like Churchgate and Dadar, the situation threatened to go out of control, as the platforms were packed with commuters. "Even the slightest scare would have caused a stampede at Churchgate station," said Payal Pawar, who lives in Borivli. The deadlock between the railway administration and the motormen ended only when the authorities assured them that Singh’s case would be reexamined.

"After we were assured by the railway administration that it will consider an appeal filed by Singh in the next seven days, we called off the protest around 5:30 pm," said Yadav. This is not the first time WR motormen have united in support of a colleague. In February 2010, WR motormen went on a flash strike to protest a colleague’s suspension.

A YEAR OF AGITATION

OCT 2010 | WR motormen launch a go slow agitation after talks with the authorities over an internal issue fail to yield desired results. For four days motormen deliberately drove slowly saying they were adhering to "prescribed safety norms"

May 03, 2010 | Both Central and Western Railway motormen go on an indefinite hunger strike demanding a pay hike. Services limp back to normalcy on May 4, after the state government says it will invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) and threatens strikers with immediate arrests and disciplinary action

Feb 18, 2010 | Western Railway motormen go on a flash strike for half an hour to protest the suspension of one of their colleagues

Jan 21, 2010 | Central Railway trains run at a snail’s pace for hours motormen refuse to work overtime

’TERRIBLE THURSDAY’
It was bad enough reaching office in the morning because of the BEST strike. In the evening, Western Railway employees had us at their mercy when they went on a flash strike. The motormen’s strike was uncalled for. They could have discussed their demands with the railway management instead of going on a flash strike.

Ganesh Vaje | BANK EMPLOYEE

The motorman’s strike only added to Mumbaikars’ woes as it took place during the evening rush hour when people were returning home from work. A city cannot be held at ransom for a handful of people. The railway administration should take disciplinary action against the motormen who disrupted the service

Nilesh Patel | DIAMOND TRADER

Government employees should have a little sympathy for the common man. This is not the way to get their demands fulfilled. Stations like Churchgate were so crowded that even the slightest of scare would have resulted in a stampede

Payal Pawar | MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

Why are Mumbaikars made to suffer because of the inefficiency of the government? I live in Kandivli, but my work place is in Fort. In the morning, I had to walk to the station because of the bus strike, and no autos were willing to ferry me. Then, in the evening I was stranded at Churchgate station for over an hour. The journey home was a nightmare as the ladies compartment was packed

Anita Sheware | CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT

Auto drivers were arrogant and demanding. I saw at least four to five commuters were literally running after one auto, but drivers either demanded more money or simply refused to ferry them. The government should ensure that there are alternate transport options available for commuters in such situations. There should be a strong presence of policemen and RTO officials to keep a check on errant auto and taxi drivers

Prakash Padikkal | SOCIAL ACTIVIST

There was utter chaos at Churchgate station on Thursday evening. There were no announcements about the delay or the strike, which only added to the confusion. People were very agitated 

 

Write your Comments on this Article
Your Name
Native Place / Place of Residence
Your E-mail
Your Comment   You have characters left.
Security Validation
Enter the characters in the image above
    
Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Kemmannu.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.
Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on kemmannu.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request. Hence, sending offensive comments using kemmannu.com will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Kemmannu.com be held responsible.
Similarly, Kemmannu.com reserves the right to edit / block / delete the messages without notice any content received from readers.




Nirmala Thonse organizes Awareness Campaign agains
View More

Funeral Details: Alice Sequeira (78), BarkurFuneral Details: Alice Sequeira (78), Barkur
Kemmannu Church - Weekly Announcements.Kemmannu Church - Weekly Announcements.
Mount Rosary Church Annoucement for the weekMount Rosary Church Annoucement for the week
Free Eye Camp at Mount Rosary, KallianpurFree Eye Camp at Mount Rosary, Kallianpur
An Appeal from vittal churchAn Appeal from vittal church
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Nayaab Residency by B. M. Zaffer & fly, Dubai, UAE.Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Nayaab Residency by B. M. Zaffer & fly, Dubai, UAE.
Canara Beach Restaurant, Hoode/Bengre, Udupi.Canara Beach Restaurant, Hoode/Bengre, Udupi.
Pedruchi Chavi January 2019Pedruchi Chavi January 2019
Delite Catering, SanthekatteDelite Catering, Santhekatte
Milarchi Laram - Issue Jan 2019Milarchi Laram - Issue Jan 2019
Canara Beach Restaurant Inaugurated at Bengre, Kemmannu.Canara Beach Restaurant Inaugurated at Bengre, Kemmannu.
Funeral Photographs:

Robert lewis (92), St. Theresa B ward, Kemmannu<font color=red><center>Funeral Photographs:<P> </font color=red></center> Robert lewis (92), St. Theresa  B ward, Kemmannu
ROZARICHO GAANCH DECEMBER 2018ROZARICHO GAANCH DECEMBER 2018
Udupi: Congratulations to Raising smiles who won the first place in RED DROP AD- shoot competition..Udupi: Congratulations to Raising smiles who won the first place in RED DROP AD- shoot competition..
Maria TravelsMaria Travels
Welcome to Thonse Naturecure HospitalWelcome to Thonse Naturecure Hospital
Delite Caterers and Delite Event ManagementDelite Caterers and Delite Event Management
An appeal to Kemmannu Parishioners, Friends and Well Wishers:

[Comments]

An appeal to Kemmannu Parishioners, Friends and Well Wishers:<P> <Center>[Comments]</P> </Center>
Read online Uzvaad:<font color=red> Read online Uzvaad</font color=red>:
For all your travel needs contact Sequeira TouristFor all your travel needs contact Sequeira Tourist
Power Care Services, MoodubellePower Care Services, Moodubelle
Read Online RaknnoRead Online Raknno
Kemmannu Platinum Jubilee Souvenir – Amruth KaanikKemmannu Platinum Jubilee Souvenir – Amruth Kaanik
Udupi TodayUdupi Today
St. Alphonsa of India