Saturday, November 26, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Trade unions against SC/ST interests

Bangalore | Posted on Nov 26, 2011 at 10:02am IST
Trade unions against SC/ST interests
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express

BANGALORE: The All India SC/ST Railway Employees Association,
Bangalore Division of South Western Railway, has a new Division
Executive Committee office.�� The office is located in M G Railway

Speaking on the occasion, B L Bairwa, national president of the
Association, said the new office was a stepping stone for SC/ST
employees to look at pending issues.

Calling trade unions 'anti-SC/ST', he said, "I want to highlight some
of the issues that the Association members are facing. Firstly, we
have to be treated on par with other trade unions. While they have
many platforms to engage, we are given only one informal meeting. The
Association has demanded for a quarterly meeting," he said� adding
that a memorandum was submitted to the Ministry of Railways in this

He further urged SC/ST employees to withdraw support to trade unions,
as they were 'anti-reservation'. "Unions use our money to work against
us. They have opposed the reservation bill. I urge all workers to stop
supporting these unions."

Bairwa stressed on the constitutional guarantee of protection for the
backward classes, stating that chargesheeting and transfers of members
had to stop.

"Our office-bearers are harassed. Every time they lodge a complaint,
they are transferred. This has to stop. Also, special casual leave and
passes have to be given to us," he said.

Bairwa added that Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi had expressed
interest to work on these issues.

M Shivanna, member of National Commission for Scheduled Castes,
speaking on the occasion said, "Since I belong here, I wanted to hold
a review meeting in my city. I will look at these issues in the
meeting. I assure you that the Commission has the power to suspend the
officers who are guilty of harassing members of the SC/ST
association," he said.

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Sudhanshu Mani, who granted space for
the new office, said it was important for any association to have an

"The Association's attitude has always been positive. I welcome them
to bring any problems to my notice. I assure them my full support and
would help if need arrives," Mani said.

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