After Central Railway (CR) motormen went on strike, now Western Railway (WR) Guards of local trains have been protesting over disputes with the rail administration. The Refusal of guards to work ‘overtime’ has resulted in the cancellation 35-40 local train services on the Western Railway.
According to DNA, the Western Railway guards have been opposing by not working overtime. The issue is about the attendance system where these Guards have been asked to ‘sign off’ by the WR authorities at the end of the day. They are unhappy about it and feel it is being done to monitor their duty hours. WR official told the leading daily “These train cancellations are namely on account of the ongoing issues with the Guards.”
The guards who are opposing overtime have claimed that they are doing overtime to fill in for vacant posts and so that it does not hurt the suburban system. A guard told the leading daily, “We work for 8-9 hours by doing overtime. By making us do the sign-off, we will be forced to go to a station where systems are in place.” On the other hand, the administration claims that the Guards working on long distance and Goods trains work for 12-14 hours and still complete this task of signing off.
Chief Public Relations Officer of WR, Ravinder Bhakar told Mumbai Mirror, “We are making every possible effort so that commuters are not inconvenienced. Since the past four days, a few services were cancelled during daytime due to duty hours issue by the crew. But we are trying our best to maintain punctuality in peak hours. Negotiations are going on and we hope the issue will be resolved very soon.”