Provide far better incomes, DA; Rly agreement employees require
Hyderabad: Railway agreement employees on Tuesday organized dharna before Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad on Tuesday requiring to pay base pay according to the act as well as carry out Dearness Allowance (DA) to Railway Contract Workers according to work legislations.
Protestors mentioned that train agreement employees operating in various train terminals in Hyderabad as well as Secunderabad departments are battling to obtain their real incomes, are denied of work security, as well as the Dearness Allowance (DA)(Rs 711 monthly) which was to carried out from October has actually not being carried out yet. Another issue is that, for reducing the expense the Railway administration is attempting to lower the employees bring about added problem on the existing agreement employees.
M Venkatesh, president, Hyderabad Railway Contract Workers Union, stated, “More than 100 contract workers are working in various departments like permanent way, mechanical, signal, operating, electrical, workshops, manufacturing units, supply of bed rolls, loading and unloading of parcels and goods in the goods sheds in the railway stations of Hyderabad and Secunderabad division. Many of us have been working against the sanctioned vacant posts for many years with the hope of getting regularised someday but nothing has happened till date, Because of this many contract workers are been removed from duty and wages for three days is being cut if anyone is off-duty for even a single day.”
“For the past several months, we are struggling to manage our livelihood. We are not been paid our full salary which is Rs 18,000 per month and are only receiving half the salary. We do not even have any welfare facilities that include ESI cards and PF. We are vexed of complaining the South Central Railway (SCR) officials regarding these issues. Hence, to open the eyes of the officials, we staged a dharna. It will be better if SCR provides minimum wages eligible facilities and job guarantee to contract workers,” stated D Rama (name altered) a train specialist.