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Mumbai: Central Railway services delayed as motormen protest overtime, vacant posts

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Commuters on Central Railway who left for work in the morning had to face trouble reaching their offices as the trains on the Central Line are running 15 to 20 minutes late. According to reports, some trains even got cancelled on the Central Line.

According to DNA, the motormen yesterday (August 9) had threatened to not work overtime, which could result in nearly 250 services either getting delayed or cancelled throughout the day, severely affecting both Main and Harbour lines on Central Railway. The difference of opinion between motormen and railway administration led to this decision of motormen.

The motormen have demanded to fill up 229 vacant posts. Another major point raised by the motormen is ‘removal from service’ for Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) cases. A motorman who is part of Joint Action Forum told DNA, “We are working overtime in order to compensate for the vacant 229 posts. But now that the administration is dilly-dallying our demand of eliminating the punishment for SPAD cases, we have decided to indefinitely not work overtime.”