The 21st Bi-annual Regional Convention of the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) held on 18-19 March 2018 in Muradabad was a resounding success.
Representatives from the Delhi, Muradabad, Lucknow, Meerut, Jind, Firozpur, Pathankot, Ambala, Panipat, Dehradun and Bareilly branches and bodies of the AILRSA vigorously participated in the Convention.
In their speeches the leaders of the organization gave the call to continue the struggle for demands that they had been fighting for.
Representatives of the All India Guards Council and Mazdoor Ekta Committee also participated in the convention.
Cultural programmes were presented to enthuse the participants in the convention.
On the second day of the convention the running staff (loco pilot) took out an energetic rally with large numbers. The rally passed through the Muradabad railway colony, DRM Office, Muradabad railway station and reached the railway entertainment house. Slogans like “Inqualab Zindabad (Long live revolution)”, “Mazdoor ekta zindabad (Long live workers unity)”, “Jo humse takraega, rail khadi karvaega (If you counter us, the railways will come to a stand-still)”, “Railway mein nijikaran murdabad (Down with privatization of railways)” and “Punjivaad murdabad (Down with capitalism)” were raised at the rally.
The previous committee of the convention was dissolved and the new committee was elected. At the end, a proposal to continue the struggle was passed.
Dharna by the Indian Railway's engine drivers
On 15th March 2018, the engine drivers of the Indian Railways went on a dharna under the leadership of AILRSA in support of their long-standing demands at the engine driver lobbies all across India. Dharna took place from 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening. Thousands of engine drivers took part in these actions throughout India.
The demands of the loco drivers are: