Engine drivers and guards organized under the banners of All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All India Guards Council (AIGC) have come together to wage united struggle for their rights.
On April 7th 2013, a day-long All India Convention is planned to be held in Dr.Ambedkar Bhavan in New Delhi, jointly by AILRSA and AIGC. This will be followed by a demonstration the next day, April 8th 2013 at JantarMantar, New Delhi.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar hails this manifestation of unity of the engine drivers and guards as a significant forward step in the struggle of railway workers against an oppressive Railway Administration.
As a precursor to this, there were demonstrations outside the offices of the General Managers of the seventeen zones of the Indian Railways, all over the country on March 14, 2013. These were jointly organized by the AILRSA and the AIGC.
Over three hundred engine drivers and guards participated in a day long dharna at V.T., Mumbai, outside the offices of the General Manager, Central Zone. The authorities initially refused them permission to hold the dharna. But faced with the determination of the engine drivers and guards to continue with their agitation, no matter what the consequences, the authorities were forced to allow the protest to continue in front of a huge police bandobast. A delegation of engine drivers and guards met the General Manager and submitted a memorandum of their demands.
Earlier, on February 21st, 2013, the National Tribunal, under Justice Saraf, which had been appointed to look into the grievances of the loco running staff, finally received a written submission from the railway authorities replying to the demands put up by AILRSA. This commission was appointed nearly a year ago, and had its first sitting on March 26th 2012. However, the railway authorities had been continually absent from the hearings for more than seven months.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar fully supports the just demands of the loco running staff and the guards.