ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NORTH-Powermen s Strike

mand even if the Railway Ministry conceded it. The unions are also demanding eight- hour duty. The workload of railway- men has increased severalfold since the last classification of work in 1947. Moreover, of 17.5 lakh employees over 334 lakhs are casual labourers who have been getting just the daily wages for years; permanent jobs for casual labour is therefore one of the demands, A crucial demand is that the railway staff should be treated as industrial workers. Where the provisions of general labour legislation collide with railway regulations, the latter are applied to railwaymen. This restricts normal trade union activity of rail- waymen who .can be penalised even for holding meetings.

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