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High Tea

December 24, 1977 is a separate Hours of Employment Regulation (HOER) framed in 1931 for railway workers, through which some workers were classified as 'excluded' and forced to work more than 8 hours and even upto twenty-four hours. It is only recently and after numerous struggles that loco running staff have won the right to fixed hours duty. Gatekeepers and some others still have 24 hours duty. The railwaymen have for long demanded that they should be recognised as industrial workers, with 8 hours duty and that they should be granted full trade union rights, During the Emergency, railway'workers were among the worst affected. The forced sterilisation drive was carried out with a vengeance. General Managers of different railways vied with each other claiming records in the numbers sterilised. Many types of weapons like transfers and suspensions were used to force the workers into submission. The change of government has not made any change to these bureaucrats, who continue to rule the roost, serving themselves and big business. Handling huge contracts, corruption is the normal way of life for bureaucrats. The railways, like the whole state sector, is geared to benefit the bureaucrats and big business through freight concessions rebates, and special rates.

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