May 20, 2015

Network Rail challenges union's bank holiday strike ballot

Trains leaving Manchester Piccadilly station.

UK - Group asks TSSA union representing white-collar staff to withdraw notice of industrial action, pointing to ‘numerous defects’ in its ballot

Network Rail is threatening legal action to partially head off next week’s national rail strike, claiming “defects” in one union strike ballot.
The track operator has asked the TSSA rail union, which represents a minority of its employees, to withdraw its notice of industrial action or face legal action. The union has yet to respond formally but a spokesman described the move as “shambolic” and said it had not been served with any legal papers.
Talks are ongoing between Network Rail and the three rail unions, including TSSA and Unite. The largest union, the RMT, called a strike starting at 5pm on bank holiday Monday, 25 May, which would disrupt rail services nationwide the following morning.
The TSSA, whose members are mainly white-collar rail staff, is set to join the strike, in a dispute over a four-year pay deal that would freeze wage increases at the rate of inflation and enable possible layoffs after 2016.
Network Rail said it had not started a formal legal process but would do so if the TSSA did not agree to withdraw its ballot. A spokesman said: “Network Rail has a responsibility to passengers, freight users and to the country as a whole to do everything we can to avert a strike. Talks with the unions continue and we hope to reach a settlement, but we must explore all avenues at our disposal and that includes legal ones.”
Alleged discrepancies in the TSSA strike ballot include duplications and inaccuracies in the types of work and locations of staff who voted.
The TSSA, which has about 3,000 members at Network Rail, said that of the 52% of members who voted, 53% were in favour of strikes and 79% backed action short of a strike.
Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA, said: “We are frankly puzzled as to why Network Rail are taking this legal route whilst talks continue today at Acas to solve this dispute and avert next week’s strike action.
“They seem more determined to impress [the transport secretary] Patrick McLoughlin and the Tories than making a serious attempt to resolve this pay row and ensure that the trains run on time over the bank holiday. We want to settle this around the negotiating table, not in the high court.”
Talks at the conciliation service Acas lasted six hours on Monday and are due to resume on Tuesday.
The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “It is highly damaging that instead of focusing on the talks process Network Rail have opted instead to threaten a dash to the courts to challenge the democratic decision of rail worker members of one of our sister unions.
“RMT will not allow this legal manoeuvring to cloud the real issues in this dispute over jobs, safety and pay justice. RMT will continue to engage in talks while we also finalise the preparations for our national industrial action.“
The RMT represents nearly 16,000 Network Rail workers. Its members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.
The strike, should it go ahead, would take place just before a Queen’s speech in which the new Conservative government is expected to announce legislation making it harder for transport workers to take industrial action.
SOURCE -  .theguardian

Germany German train drivers to strike again


Just over a week after the country's longest-ever rail strike, Germany's GDL train drivers' union has said it will hold another strike. The GDL and Deutsche Bahn have blamed each other for the failure of wage talks.

Train services across Germany are set to face a fresh round of disruptions after the GDL train drivers' union announced Monday it would organize a new strike.
The union will announce the precise times and dates for the next walkout at a press conference in Berlin on Monday afternoon.
The GDL has so far staged eight walkouts over 10 months of negotiations, with a 3,000-driver-strong strike earlier this month that lasted six days - making it Germany's longest train strike - and only ended on May 10. Economists say the week-long strike may have cost the German national rail carrier, Deutsche Bahn (DB), around 750 million euros ($855.7 million).
The GDL union is demanding a 5-percent pay hike for drivers, a two-hour cut in drivers' working week and the right to represent other rail staff, such as train stewards.
A record year for strikes
Wage negotiations between the GDL and DB reached an impasse over the weekend after talks set for Sunday failed to materialize.
The union accused DB of not taking the talks seriously, thereby necessitating the strike.
Deutsche Bahn, however, has accused GDL, the smaller of Germany's two main train drivers' unions, several times of walking away from deals that were almost done.
Nationwide and across industries, Germany seems to be on track for a record year in strikes as discontent with labor practices grows. In April, the union Cockpit, which represents Lufthansa pilots, brought flights to a halt for Germany's flagship air carrier. Earlier in May, staff at youth, children's and day care centers also announced an unlimited strike until a 10-percent raise was put forth.

Upper age limit for direct recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways


RBE No. 45/2015
No. E (NG)-ll/94/RR-1/29.
New Delhi, dated: 11/05/2015
Sub: Upper age limit for direct recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways.
In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 10/5/1999 (RBE No… 99 /1999), an across the board relaxation of three years above the prescribed upper age limit in open market recruitment to all non-gazetted posts including engagement of Substitutes on the railways has been provided. The currency of this relaxation contained in letter of even number dated 10.5.1999 (RBE No. 99/1999) has been extended from time to time and was available up to 03.2.2015 in terms of RBE No. 57/2012.
The matter has further been reviewed and it has now been decided by this Ministry to provide relaxation in the following manner above the prescribed upper age limit for recruitment to all non-gazetted posts including engagement of Substitutes:-
Sl. No. Period Relaxation (in years) in upper age limit above the prescribed age limits for various posts
(i)           04/2/2015 to 03/2/2017                               02 years
(ii)          04/2/2017 to 03/2/2019                              01 year
(iii)          Beyond 03/2/2019                               No relaxation
These orders take effect from 04.2.2015. lndents placed after 03.2.2015 may be suitably amended.
Please acknowledge receipt.
(Hindi version will follow)
(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)-ll
Railway Board.

Advance reservations see Railways post record earnings growth in April

Indian Railways logged a record 20% growth in passenger earnings in April because of the doubling of the advance reservation period to 120 days. The move also pushed up total earnings up by a historic 18%, probably paving the way for sustained rise in earnings for the national transporter.

The ministry had informed all zonal railways on 27 February that advance reservation period is being increased from 60 days to 120 days with effect from 1 April. It had also asked Centre for Rail Information Systems (CRIS), its Information Technology arm, to tweak the reservation software accordingly. So, reservation could be booked on all days between 1 April and 30 July for trains leaving on 30 July.

Railways, NID go back to the drawing board to improve efficiency

Ahmedabad (ADI): On board an intercity train called EMU (electrical multiple unit), how important is it to hold on to the grab handle so that one does not fall on some other person or in a long-distance train, to get on to the upper berth without having to go through the embarrassment of losing one’s balance?

These are some of the 50 areas identified for innovative design changes, where the Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design will work with the Indian Railways.

“We ourselves have the capability to redesign but our responses are conditioned so we thought there is no harm in getting fresh inputs,” Hemant Kumar, member (mechanical), Railway Board, told.

The design for the ladder was specifically mentioned by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu when the areas for design changes were being identified, said Kumar.

Saudi Arabia seeks Japanese investment in Railways, Energy

The head of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority wants potential investors such as Japanese railway companies to pitch into projects in his country, saying he believes overall Japanese investment can surge in the next few years.

“On the optimistic side, I think we have an opportunity to double the investments that we have done in the past. We should be able to double it in five years if we work hard together,” said Abdullatif Othman, governor of the authority working to promote foreign investment in the country. “It is not impossible.”

Othman was speaking in Japan, on a visit aimed at reinforcing bilateral economic relations and Japanese investment, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Tokyo and Riyadh.

Railways starts e-ticketing service for differently-abled

A photo identity card and an ID to be provided

E-ticketing, concession-based ticketing for the differently-abled in the railways was started yesterday. The differently-abled people will get a photo identity card and will be provided with a log-in ID and password, the details of which will be maintained by the Railways. Earlier, the differently-abled could not apply to avail concessions in e-ticketing.

One of the railway officials informed ADC that the people should submit their documents to the senior DCM to get their identity card and further get a permanent log-in ID and password. “The differently-abled passengers will have to submit a concession certificate, photo identity proof, date of birth proof, address proof, and two passport size photographs to the official. The documents should be submitted under: Application for issue of Railway identity card for physically challenged persons for e-ticketing. The applicants will receive a log-in ID and password which they could access whenever they want to book the ticket online,” said the official.

Meanwhile, railway activist Sameer Zaveri hailed the decision, saying, “It is really an impressive step that Indian Railways has taken for the benefit of differently-abled people. Since the percentage of disability is decided by the government and they have all the records, so the railways should get direct information from the government instead of asking every differently-abled to send their details.”

Prabhu empowers MoS Railways, allocates major tasks

New Delhi: Empowering Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has allocated major administrative work to the junior minister.

Sinha has been entrusted with all tasks except those that require the specific approval of Prabhu as per statutory requirements.

According a recent circular, the allocation of work to Sinha, Ghazipur MP, has been revised to include tasks like the approval of items for inclusion of rolling stock programme costing between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 50 crore and approvals for postings at the Railway Board and the Research Design and Standards Organisation.

Sinha will now deal with all cases where the approval of the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has been obtained.

He has been entrusted with powers to write off railway losses ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 10 crore and to review and follow-up all budgetary announcements.

The cleanliness, punctuality of trains, staff grievances also have been allocated to Sinha.

He will also review progress of all railway works including the building road-under-bridges and road-over-bridges and railway colonies in all the states.

Punjab renames Attari railway station as Attari Sham Singh railway station

Chandigarh (CDG): Punjab government on Tuesday said it has renamed Attari railway station in Amritsar as “Attari Sham Singh” railway station in a tribute to the great Sikh General.

The railway station was renamed after General Sham Singh Attariwala who joined the Sikh military in 1817 and during the Afghan-Sikh wars, he participated in the Battle of Attock, Battle of Multan, Battle of Peshawar and the 1819 Kashmir expedition, an official spokesman said.

The name of the railways station was changed by the state government after getting no objection from Government of India, he said.

Railways is about generating long-term economic benefits, not profit: Dinesh Trivedi

New Delhi: Former Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi explains that the Railways is about generating long-term economic benefits, not profit. Dinesh Trivedi, who chairs the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, is remembered more for his short stint as the Railways minister in the UPA-II regime when he was removed from the post by his party supremo Mamata Banerjee for proposing a hike in passenger fares. In an interview, the Trinamool Congress leader says the political system does not understand the Railways’ strength and has always used it as a political tool. He warns that the carrier may go the Air India way if it is handed over to civil servants or outside experts. Excerpts:

In the Standing Committee report you talk about funds crunch. What’s the way out?

We need to understand the strength of Indian Railways. I can tell you the political system has not understood its strength.

Railways chug faster with higher Freight income

New Delhi: Riding high on two rate hikes, Indian Railways has reported a sharp 17 per cent increase in its freight revenue that hit Rs 9,461 crore in April this year.

The national transporter carried 90 million tonnes of freight traffic during this period, managing to register a nominal 1.14 per cent growth over the same period last year. Traditional bulk items like coal, cement and iron ore for exports contributed to this growth.

After coming to power last May, the NDA government has affected two freight rate hikes — first by then railways minister Sadananda Gowda in June last year and then by the present minister Suresh Prabhu from April 1. While the increase in charges for ferrying commodities have brought additional revenues to the ailing railways the volume growth has remained subdued.

Railways not a company where you can transfer ownership to a private entity: Suresh Prabhu 20/05/2015

No one has might to buy Indian Railways; ‘No committee has ever recommended a privatisation of the kind that has been envisaged. The Bibek Debroy Committee also has not recommended it,’ says Suresh Prabhu in an interview with media

Q: Why is privatisation such a bad word for one of India’s largest public sector entities?

Suresh Prabhu: The word privatisation pre-supposes that there is a transfer of ownership of that enterprise to a private company. Railways is not even a company, it is a government department. So, how do you transfer the ownership of railways to someone else?

Secondly, no committee has ever recommended a privatisation of the kind that has been envisaged. The Bibek Debroy Committee also has not recommended it.

Railway stations on Thiruvananthapuram Division to get makeover as MNCs promise big bucks 20/05/2015

Thiruvananthapuram (TVC): Soon many of the railway stations in the Thiruvananthapuram division will get a new look including beautiful gardens to welcome commuters and new infrastructure like coach indication boards on the platforms.

The divisional authorities are effecting the beautification drive by inviting sponsorships from MNCs and other interested parties.

“The response has been good with many evincing interest. Oil major BPCL has agreed to renovate the Thrippunithura station. A small plot will be handed over to BPCL temporarily where they will set up a garden. Similarly, coach indication boards will be set up on platforms and the infrastructure there will be given a fresh coat of paint. In return we will allow the parties to display their names,” said a senior railway officer.

UIC and Japan Railways organizes “9th World Congress on High Speed Rail” between 7-10 July 2015 at Tokyo

The 9th World Congress on High Speed Rail “UIC HIGHSPEED 2015″ will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all professionals worldwide to review the past half century and to envision the next half century

Paris: UIC alongwith East Japan Railway Company is co-organising 9th World Congress on High Speed Rail “UIC HIGHSPEED 2015”. It is the largest international congress and exhibition devoted to High Speed Rail in the world, which has been initiated by UIC and gathered 1,000 to 2,000 professionals once every few years since 1992, will finally come back to the birth place of High Speed Rail, Japan.

As China Rail link nears Nathu La pass, red tape holds up Sikkim line

New Delhi: India’s long-pending plan to put Sikkim on the railway map is stuck in a procedural muddle even as China has made rapid progress with its rail line that will reach close to Nathu La, the strategic border post in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to give the Rs 4,170-crore project a push, seven years after it was conceived, as issues linked to three Union ministries and the governments of West Bengal and Sikkim stand in the way. He is likely to take up the case during a video conference with chief secretaries of states on May 27.

The 44.96km Sivok-Rangpo line was aimed at connecting the Himalayan border state with the country’s rail network and providing an alternative transportation link. A single national highway serves as the lifeline for the state and it often gets blocked by landslides during the monsoon.

Petition Committee of Parliament visits Mumbai Railway Stations to check Commuter Safety

Mumbai: The petition committee of Parliament on Tuesday visited Mumbai’s suburban railway stations — Bhandup, Mulund and Churchgate — on both the Central and Western Railway to check the safety of passengers.

The committee, headed by MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and including former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi, interacted with passengers at the railway stations.

A member of the committee said, “Trespassing-related accidents can be brought down if foot-overbridges at all stations are interlinked.”

The committee also took stock of the platform-raising work, which is being carried out following directives by the Bombay high court to prevent incidents of commuters falling into gaps.

Divisional Railway User Consultative committee Subash Gupta said, “Instead of visiting stations like Bhandup and Mulund where accidents are rare, the committee should have inspected facilities at stations like Kurla and Wadala were several accidents take place every year.”

Bhandup and Mulund railway stations are under the parliamentary constituency of MP Kirit Somaiya, who had sought a visit by the committee.

Railways 15-day drive: 80 Officers to inspect stations, interact with passengers

The ministry has decided to mark the event with a 15-day drive by carrying out 23 types of activities. Top Railways officers, who are generally in charge of managing affairs at the policy levels, will speak to passengers and ask them about the quality of services, food and cleanliness

New Delhi: The Railways Ministry is set to send out 80 top officers across the country to inspect a station each and interact with passengers as part of the national transporter’s mammoth list of assignments to celebrate one year of the NDA government. The ministry has decided to mark the event with a 15-day drive by carrying out 23 types of activities.

Southern Railway fines passengers forced to stand in first class

Train operator Southern Railway insists it had every right to fine the commuters
Southern rail bosses are under fire again after it emerged passengers on a packed commuter train were fined for standing in a first class carriage. The incident happened morning service from Surrey to central London where there was no room for passengers to stand in standard class. However, the train operator Southern Railway insists it had every right to fine the commuters. It is the latest in a string of controversies involving Southern.

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