Thursday, February 02, 2006

Kolkata gets ready to rumble

Central govt staff plan massive strike on March 1
Mohammed Safi Shamsi

Represented by 13 unions, 28 lakh employees working in four Central government departments— railways, defence, postal and income-tax — have threatened to go on an indefinite national strike from March 1.

The proposed strike could disrupt passenger and freight services across the country as railway unions have joined the strike. Post offices and production units in defence sector will also be affected.

In the city, the underground rail services may also be hampered as both the Metro Railway Workers’ Congress and Metro Railway Men’s Union have agreed to join the strike.

Represented under the umbrella organisation, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), the unions have demanded that the Central government fill vacant posts and stop outsourcing of jobs to private hands.


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