The All India Guards Council (AIGC) will be holding its Biennial General Body Meeting (BEGM) at Puri, Orissa on 25th-26th May 2018.
The AIGC is the representative union of 28,000 Guards of the Indian Railways. At the forthcoming BEGM nearly a thousand delegates from the 16 Railway Zones of the Indian Railways will be participating in the two day deliberations when they will also be electing the new office bearers. The problems of the guards of the Indian Railways are to be discussed, both the common problems as well as zone/ division/ branch specific problems.
The AIGC has a record of consistent struggle for rights of the Guards.
In the last one year, the AIGC has made presentations to the 7th Pay Commission highlighting its demands and presenting its grievances; observed a joint hunger fast for 36 hours on 26th April 2017 along with the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and also in front of the DRMs offices throughout the country; staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 2nd February 2017 and submitted a Memorandum to the Railway Minister, to the Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) through all the DRMs after staging dharnas in front of DRM offices all over the country on 20th February, 2018: filed cases in the Labour Court at Nagpur and in the Bombay CAT. The AIGC also organized ‘Protest Days’ by wearing black badges throughout the country from 18th to 21st January 2018.
These struggles have been against the attempts of the Pay Commission to deny the Guards adequate allowances and basic pay, against denial of pay elements, against lower than the recommended multiplying factors for pension, against the NPS (New Pension Scheme), EOTT (End of Train Telemetry), anti-labour policies and for implementation of Running Allowance Rates as per Bhalla Committee recommendation and against replacement of the guard with a motormen in the rear cabin of the Suburban EMU Trains.
MEL supports the just struggles of the guards of the Indian Railways and has been continuously reporting on them. MEL sends its fraternal felicitations and wishes full success to the AIGC for its forthcoming BEGM at Puri, Orissa. It also supports the efforts being made to unite the guards with the engine drivers and other sections of the railway workers such as trackmen, signaling staff, station masters, ticket checking staff, etc. who all are also facing the brunt of the anti-worker policies being framed by the rail authorities. The hidden agenda of privatization of the railways can only be defeated by the combined struggle of all sections of the railway workers.