Delhi Metro Staff Protest Against Management
The operations staff including train operations of Delhi Metro Rail Corporations (DMRC) are protesting against the ‘discriminatory’ policies of DMRC.
The demands include better pay for the Non- executive staff members, modification of service condo conditions, fermentation of the standard operating procedures for train operators, which would restrict train drivers working hours to a maximum of five and a half hours or 2000 km per day, job security and a more accountable staff council.
Delhi Metro staff members wearing a black armband over their yellow and khaki uniform, and sitting in groups of 5 to 30 on train platforms at Badarpur, Mundka, Shahdara, Vishwavidyalaya, Jahangirpuri, Yamuna Bank, Dwarka and Huda city center stations.
They are now threatening to go on “Hunger Strikes”, which could affect Metro services. Further, they have also stopped using facilities like the dressing rooms provided by DMRC.
“The management has called our representatives for a meeting on Wednesday at 3 PM. If our demands are unheard by the administration, then we may go on a hunger strike”, staff council secretary Anil Mahato said.
The Metro has more than 8000, Non- executive staff on its payroll which includes controllers, maintenance staff, train operators, junior engineers, line staff and station staff. “We have been the victims of DMRC’s exploitation since 2007”, DMRC employee said. In the DMRC, the basic pay of Non- executive staff is from Rs.8000 to Rs 18,000, while that of an executive staff is above Rs 20,000.
The majority of protestors are those who get a salary between Rs, 8000 – Rs, 16, 000.
“ The executive staff members get Rs. 12,000 as travel allowance. We have demanded the same of us. Besides, they cannot terminate us based on a single mistake”, said another staff council member, recalling how the employment of train operator Ram Naresh was terminated for accidentally running the metro with doors open.
The workers had sent the last letter to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Managing Director Manghu Singh on May 25. “It is an internal matter and we are working to solve the issue”, said a DMRC spokesperson.