Southern Railway Unveils Plot: Retired Pilots Instigate Strike

The Palakkad Division of Southern Railway has accused retired loco pilots of instigating a strike among current staff. The strike, demanding extended rest hours, has disrupted train operations. Southern Railway claims only Palakkad division is affected and criticizes the unrecognized union behind the strike.

PTI | Palakkad | Updated: 13-06-2024 18:18 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 18:18 IST
Southern Railway Unveils Plot: Retired Pilots Instigate Strike
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The Palakkad Division of Southern Railway has alleged that a few retired loco pilots are inciting current loco running staff to go on strike, warning of strict action against them.

A group of loco pilots, represented by the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), has been on strike since June 1, seeking an increase in rest time from 30 to 46 hours.

According to a statement from the Palakkad Division, 'The loco pilots' strike in Kerala's railway divisions is being orchestrated by a few retired pilots to disrupt train operations by influencing current pilots, particularly those unfamiliar with Railway operating rules.' The statement further highlighted that the involvement of retired staff has complicated the situation. Railways also noted that the strike has not affected any other divisions in India, attributing it to the vested interests of a small group. The union behind the strike has been termed 'unrecognized' by Southern Railway, which insists that the unlawful behavior of absenteeism will not be tolerated and could lead to more inefficiency in crew rosters. Since June 2, 46 goods train services have been delayed as loco pilots join duties late post-rest.

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