WCREU History

The West Central Railway Employees Union (WCREU) was formed in Jabalpur division, Bhopal division which was a part of Central Railway and Kota division which was a part of Western Railway. West Central Railway New Zone came into effect from 01.04.2003 through Gazette Notification by Ministry of Railways, Government of India, when Bhopal Divison and Jabalpur Division were working in the Union recognized Railway National Workers Union and Kota Division of Western Railway. The recognized union was employed in the Western Railway Employees Union. In this way, the leadership of AIRF, after discussing with the officials of the three divisions, was entrusted with the responsibility of Kota Board to register a new union in the new zone West Central Railway and in the same series duly registered union of the West Central Railway Employees Union dated 04.03. 2003 (Registration No. KT/ARTU /1/2003) was made and since then the West Central Railway Employees Union came into existence as registered union in the new zone West Central Railway.

On 28 March 2003, the first CEC of the newly registered Union of West Central Railway Employees Union of New Zone West Central Railway was organized by General Secretary of All India Railwaysmen's Federation in Bhopal. In which all the divisional officers of Kota division, Jabalpur division and Bhopal division and all branch secretaries and presidents participated. In this first CEC, the elections of office bearers of the West Central Railway Employees Union were held under the supervision of General Secretary of AIRF J.P.Chabe ji, in which unanimously comrade Mukesh Galav was appointed as Zonal President, Late Com. Uttarapati was elected Executive Chairman and Comrade VB Singh as General Secretary. The new executive met the general manager of the Western Central Railway and presented a letter of recognition to the union, on which the general manager of the Western Central Railway gave recognition to the union on 08.04.2003.

Then in the year 2004, the first annual session of the Union Kota was held on 18-20 March 2004. Which in itself was a very historical session. After this, the union was decided by the Railway Ministry by secret ballot in November 2007. In which West Central Railway Employees Union stood first with 48.5 percent in the entire Western Central Railway.

Then, in 2013, WCREU won the office with 51% votes, the highest by a union in all 16 Indian Railway Zones.

AIRF History

All India Railwaymen's Federation is the oldest union of workers of India. It was established in the year 1924. 10.5 lakh railway employees are its members. The result of the hard work of Indian Railway employees is that only Indian Railways are running in profit while in other countries the trains are running in losses. In the financial year 2006-07, Indian Railways have received a profit of more than 20 thousand crores. AIRF's history of struggle is the real history of sacrifice and valor of martyrs. AIRF has played the role of guide for the salary structures and service reforms of all Central Government employees including railway employees. The first strike of the railway employees and central government employees at the all-India level started from midnight on July 11, 1960. In this strike, 5 railway employees were killed in Dahod, Western Railway, thousands of employees were arrested and fired. But eventually the government felt that the oppressive policy was not going to solve it, so the government decided to set up a mechanism to solve the problems of central government employees. Thus the Joint Consultation Mechanism (JCM) was formed in the year 1966. Under this scheme, the salary, allowance, leave, working hours and other issues of Central Government employees were permanently included for resolution by negotiation.

When the demand for neutralization of minimum wages and price increases was raised by the JCM employee side, the government neither accepted these demands nor did accept to forward them to the Arbitration Board under the scheme. With no alternative, the railway employees and other central government employees decided to strike a symbolic strike on 19 September 1968. The Government amended the Indian Railways Act and implemented the mandatory service maintenance ordinance. Subsequently, thousands of railway employees, including other Central Government employees were taken into custody, suspended and fired. During this period 9 employees including Pathankot, Bikaner (Northern Railway), Bongaigaon, Mariani (NF Railway) and one employee of Central Public Works Department were killed. There was no limit to police brutality.

In the year 1974, the railway employees in the country in the Third Pay Commission refused to recommend the Central Government employees to improve the payment of pay scale and cent per cent dearness allowance to the railways and central government employees in the same manner. Jam jammed the trumpet of the general strike. The railway workers' strike of 1974 was the biggest strike in the history of the trade union movement and it had a serious impact on the economic condition of the government. The strike created political upheaval and threw the government of Indira Gandhi out of power, but the railway employees had to pay a heavy price as 4 railway employees went on sacrificing themselves for the injustice done by the Pay Commission and the government. gave.
In addition, thousands of employees were fired / dismissed or imprisoned. Professor Madhu Dandavate, who later became the Minister of Railways, won the hearts of railway employees by reinstating sacked or fired employees. Shri Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister told Parliament that the strike was imposed and the employees were ready for a settlement.

AIRF's demand for bonus has been going on since year 1946 and this demand was included in the 1974 strike also. The government had learned from the 1974 strike, so the government of Chaudhary Charan Singh decided to compromise on the demand for bonus and the agreement was signed on 13.11.1979. The government entered into a 15-day productivity-related bonus agreement. Many organizations have started airf. Opposed to. They disagreed because the bonus agreement was less than the 30-day wage. Comrade J.P. Chabe, Air Minister A.I.R.F. In the annual session of the Federation held in Bikaner in 1982, it declared that the productivity-based bonus would increase and the 65 days bonus (PLB) was paid to the railway employees in the year 2005-06. Airf The pressure has been made that Rs 2500 The prescribed limit to be increased and this limit will definitely increase.

From time to time, political parties made efforts to form unions of their parties within the railways so that they could interfere in railway management. But AIRF And this was not possible due to the understanding of the leaders of the associated unions and the unity and awareness of the brave railway employees. NDA. The government has given B.J.P. Related to BRMS Granted recognition without investigation. Airf And its affiliated unions petitioned the Honorable High Court, Madras and the Honorable High Court, Madras ruled that the unions should be recognized on the basis of voting. Recognition should be given to the same union which has got 35 per cent votes as well as all those who represent Group D and C employees. The Hon'ble Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Hon'ble High Court, Madras, rejecting the petition of the Railways.
The Railway Ministry was forced to accept a secret ballot. The Board has also issued Shri C.L. A secret voting committee was formed under the chairmanship of Kav, retired chairman, Railway Board. Airf Was constantly demanding that an industry should have a union. Before 1948 there was only one federation and that was All India Railwaymen's Federation. In May 1948, the Congress Party formed its own federation, known as the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen. This disrupted the unity of the railway worker.

Railway employees were not entitled to pension. They used to pay only provident fund. Airf Argued before the First Pay Commission to make railway employees legally entitled to receive pension, and the First Pay Commission decided to air the AIRF. Accepted this demand. Thus the A.I.R.F. After a long struggle, the pension scheme started from the year 1957. JCM As a result of the conversation by the constituents of, the employee appointed before 1.1.2004 is receiving 50 per cent of the pension instead of 30 per cent of the original salary. The scheme has now been discontinued for the employees recruited after 1.1.2004. Under the new undisclosed pension scheme, 10 percent of the salary is being cut unofficially without the approval of the Parliament, whereas neither one is given Rs. There is no belief in getting pension nor safeguarding money. Airf Constantly opposing the new pension plan and will continue to do so.

The recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission were such that the salary to take home was decreasing for the employees, so the railway employees and other central government employees decided to go on strike in 1997. As a result of the strike, Indra Kumar Gujral's government formed a Group of Ministers to address the demands of the central employees. After mutual negotiation, there was a historic agreement of 40 per cent increment in place of 20 per cent.
After the strike of May 1974, in a joint meeting of the staff side and the government side, after giving deep consideration to the restructuring, it was decided that the posts of higher pay scale should be increased especially the pay scale 6500-10500 and 7450-11500. The special benefit from the quality of restructuring has not been proved as the government has decided to do it on self-financing basis after the Fifth Pay Commission. As a result, promotions depended on the matching sender. It was very unfortunate. On the Sixth Pay Commission report, the restructuring of the grade will have to be done again and AIRF. It is committed to this that it will be at the forefront of providing timely promotions to every railway worker.

After continuous efforts / efforts of NC / JCM and AIRF, employees received many allowances and facilities. Promotion was not considered an employee's right after joining the job. There was no promotion policy. Major reforms were made in the policies related to service, to provide the opportunity of promotion to employees. The scheme was launched. Under this, one got the opportunity of promotion in 12 years and another in 24 years. All this A.I.R.F. The thinking is the result of vision and constant struggle.
AIRF for constitution of Sixth Central Pay Commission. The Central Labor Organizations led nationwide conferences continuously. For the indefinite general strike from 1 March 2006, on 7 February 2006, the unions belonging to all departments submitted memorandum of strike warning in their respective departments simultaneously. Airf The CM appealed to the Prime Minister to intervene directly in this regard, consequently a notification was constituted on 5th October 2006 to constitute the Sixth Central Pay Commission. Airf After initiating the struggle, there was an agreement to give equal pay to the Kalamkars and the workmen.

Master Craftman (Senior Technician) who is proficient in his work but is not able to progress due to written examination of Junior Engineer due to lack of higher education, he is given a higher pay scale J.E. . The salary commission has been pressurized with a strong argument to remove his frustration by creating the post of Head Technician (Varisht Master Craftman) in the grade of. Also, there has been a strong demand to move up to two higher pay scales for the promotion of Senior Saxon Engineer and other Senior Supervisor grades 7450-11500. Likewise helper., Helper. Assistant Technician. And. The AIRF has been tasked with agreeing the full rationale for giving higher pay scale, designating gangman as technician. has done it.

The perennial works of Railways are being carried out from outside. Privatization and contractual practice of railway works is being encouraged day by day. The Contract Labor Contract Act is being violated. There is bad condition of maintenance of railway colonies, roads etc. Most of the work is done by contractors. The contractor gets paid but the work is not completed. Rail passengers are very upset due to the catering services being handed over to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation because the passengers are being served inferior food at high prices. In this regard, the Delhi High Court has given instructions to the Ministry of Railways to improve the catering services. Now the time has come to sacrifice with solidarity in other ways. During the July 1960 strike, the AIRF It also demanded that the union should be recognized by secret ballot in each railway. After hard efforts and sacrifices, the Railway Ministry has accepted this demand. We do not lose this opportunity with our own hands. We have to pledge that by working hard, we will get airf Will vote more and more for the respective unions.

While remembering the martyrs, it would be necessary to mention that which organization were the people who were martyred in the countrywide strikes of 1960, 1968 and 1974 and who were the informers of the police and railway officials for the harassment of the striking employees? Railway employees are well aware of who else got the job under the loyal / loyal quota. All the unions affiliated to All India Railwaymen's Federation are independent, democratic, self-supporting organizations and its doors are open to all railway employees. The role of the railway personnel of the All India Railwaymen's Federation in the trade union movement cannot be described briefly. The history of establishment and upliftment of federation is available in three sections (in English).

AIRF's monthly magazine "Indian Railwayman" (Hindi) and "Indian Railwayman" (English) have been publishing continuously for the past 25 and 43 years. Among these, AIRF In addition to the day-to-day activities of the unions affiliated to it, important meetings, instructions issued by the Railway Board, many informative information are published.

AIRF has been led by various dignitaries since its inception, among which are: - Late V.V. Giri and Jayaprakash Narayan. Comrade Umravmal Purohit and Jagdish Prasad Chabe for the past 28-33 years. The Indian Trade Union has made a mark not only in India but across the world. This has raised the name of Indian Railways and the country.
Combating the problems caused by repeatedly disobeying the Contract Labor (Regulation and Abolition) Act by giving regular works on contract by the Railway Board, improving working conditions, filling vacant posts immediately, and presenting the Sixth Pay Commission report soon. Implementation with effect from 1.1.2006, Public-Private Partnership, Dedicated Freight Corridor, Guarantees in Old Pension Scheme, Protection of Pension and Money, raising the rate of interest on Provident Fund, etc. are serious issues that need to be constantly discussed. Only strong, independent, democratic and self-supporting organizations can get victory over them and that is AIRF. Unions affiliated to.

AIRF is in favor of struggling with complete unity towards the anti-labor ideology and policies of the government so that the anti-labor policies of the government can be demolished, but for this the entire central government employees including all railway employees will have to be united.


  HMS History

In December 2008, HMS completes sixty years since its foundation in Calcutta in the newly independent India in 1948. Of course for the labour movement, six decades are not too long a way and in that sense we have miles to go still. However, it is a matter of accomplishment for a national trade union center to have survived and grown without being a part of the political parties in a country like India where virtually every other central trade union organization is part of some political party or the other. From about 6 lakhs membership in 1948 to over 55 lakhs and still growing, is no mean achievement.As we move ahead, we need to stop and think - how do we build upon what we have? How do we face the challenges of the 21st century?

Most importantly, to assess how far the organisation has been able to follow up on its goals and the ideals for which it was established.

It may be remembered that in 1947-48, apart from M. N. Roy inspired independent Indian Federation of Labour (IFL), there were 2 main central trade unions - the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) which was under the control of the Communist Party of India and the newly formed Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) which was set up at the behest of Congress nationalists and the Gandhians of Hindustan Mazdoor Sewak Sangh in the Indian National Congress, the ruling Party. The Socialists in the Congress who broke away from Congress party in 1948, formed Hind Mazdoor Panchayat (HMP).

This was a period of much turmoil as well as many hopes for the future of free India. This post 2nd World War period in India was marked by acute shortages, rising prices and spiraling unemployment. There was much turbulence in the industrial relations scene as workers were facing many hardships. As many as 16 million mandays were lost due to strikes in 1947 as discontent among the workers grew. The response of the two major central trade unions -AITUC and INTUC- was not acceptable to the socialists at that time. Mere militancy dictated by the needs of the communist party (as reflected by AITUC at that time) or sub-servience to the government (as reflected by INTUC) was not meeting the needs of the workers. The socialists felt that the trade union movement could not be tied down to the needs of the political parties but must follow policies only in the interests of the Indian workers. This necessitated both cooperation with the development efforts of the country as also constructive opposition to the anti-labour, anti-employment policies of the government and the employers. This thinking led to the formation of Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS).

HMS was founded in Calcutta during the trade union conference from 24th to 26th December 1948. The conference was attended by the representatives of Indian Federation of Labour (IFL, founded in 1941), Hind Mazdoor Panchayat (HMP, founded in mid 1948), unions from the Forward Block (Party set up by Sh. Subhash Chandra Bose) and leading independent trade unions at that time. Over 600 trade union leaders participated, representing 427 unions and a membership of over 600000 workers. There were leaders like Jay Prakash Narayan, Sibnath Banerjee, R.A. Khedgikar and Ms. Maniben Kara who represented the railway unions; Shri Dalvi and Sh Ramanujam attended on behalf of Post & Telegraph employees; Miners were represented by Basawan Singh and P.B. Sinha while Textile workers were represented by R.S. Ruikar, Anthony Pillai and P.S. Chinnadurai. There were also representatives of Government employees, Teachers, Commercial employees, Port & Docks, Printing & Paper, Tobacco, Plantations and Sugar. Although HMS as an organisation was new, the men and women who founded it were veterans of the Indian trade union movement, most of who had been instrumental in the formation and growth of AITUC earlier. The Founding Conference elected Com. R.S. Ruikar as the first President, Com. Ashok Mehta as the General Secretary and Com. G.G. Mehta and V.S. Mathur as Secretaries. Ms. Maniben Kara and Com. T.S. Ramanujam were elected as Vice-Presidents of HMS and Com. R.A. Khedgikar as the Treasurer. The members of the Working Committee included veteran leaders like - Jayaprakash Narayan, V.G. Dalvi, Ms. Aruna Asaf Ali, V.B. Karnik, Dinkar Desai, N.V. Phadke, M.V. Donde, Rajani Mukherjee, Haren Ghosh, Anthoni Pillai, P.S. Chinnadurai, Peter Alwares, A.M. Williams, Munshi Ahmed Din, Vinayak Kulkarni, Nibran Ch. Bora and Basawan Singh.

The formation of HMS represented the emergence of a new force in Indian trade union movement - that of unionists who believed in free, independent and democratic trade unionism. It represented independence of trade unions from the control of Government, Employers and Political Parties. It also represented a new thinking that role of trade unions is not only to oppose anti-labour policies of the government and employers but also to play a positive role in the development of industry to share gains from growth and of preparing & training workers to discharge their responsibilities as citizens (see HMS Manifesto for details).

Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) has its origin as a historical imperative. In the wake of India's independence after nearly two centuries of foreign subjugation, the few national trade unions centres were functioning as the labour wings of different political parties that gave rise to the growing realisatition among the workers of the imperative need for the country's working class movement to be free from the misuse by the political parties for getting their narrow party ends served. It was this realisation that made the 600 delegates participating in the founding conference on December 24, 25 and 26, 1948, with the mandate of over 600,000 workers organised under 427 trade unions, to take the historic decision to form an independent and democratic labour organisation under the banner of Hind Mazdoor Sabha.

Since then HMS has been functioning as an independent and democratic trade union centre free from the pulls and pressure of the political parties, employers and the government. HMS, however, is not to be construed as being apolitical. It stands for industrial democracy, workers' education, cooperative movement and for building the trade union movement as an effective instrument of the country's socio-economic transformation with social justice. The national centre is inalienably committed to the values of democracy as it believes that the economic gains at the cost of liberty and democracy are in the long run counter-productive. At the same time, the survival of democracy is dependent on the betterment of the working and living conditions of the millions of economically active people who are the real producers of the nations wealth. HMS is against the concept of a market-driven economy and privatisation as the panacea for all the ills of human resource surplus developing economy like India with acute economic and social disparities and formidable poverty and unemployment. The free market is solely profit oriented and has no social concerns. For a country's balanced development with equity, the State should play a regulatory role.

HMS is non-sectarian in its policies and programmes. It is not merely demand and conflict oriented. The all round development of the workers and their families is its constant endeavour and towards this end, HMS encourages and assists its affiliates to take up various non-traditional activities, such as elimination of child labour, gender awareness, environmental protection, combating HIV/AIDS, adult literacy and campaign against social evils. HMS is of the firm view that all these objectives could be meaningfully achieved by a single, strong and united trade union movement and is constantly in pursuit of this goal.