Memorandum including Proposed Pay Scales for Railway Employees has been submitted by AIRF to 7th Pay Commission on 30.07.2014.
All India Railwaymen‟s Federation(AIRF), being the oldest and the largest organization, representing over a million Non-Gazetted employees in the Railways, established in British era in the year 1924, represents nearly half of the Central Government employees in India.
AIRF is recognized by the Railway administrations along with its constituent unions in 16 Zonal Railways as also as in Metro railways Kolkata and Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala, based on the results of secret ballot elections for the recognition of the unions. Its affiliates are leading trade unions in the 6 other Production Units of Indian Railways, where secret ballot system is yet to be introduced. AIRF is thus the second major stakeholder after the Joint Consultative Machinery, National Council (JCM/NC)(of which AIRF is the largest constituent.) before the Seventh Central Pay Commission It is, however, a matter of serious concern that even after more than six decades of independence, some of the basic issues of the Central Government employees continue to haunt the Working Class, without any proper redressal either by the successive Pay Commissions, including the VI CPC or by the
Government, thereby causing much frustration, leading to industrial unrest that resulted in three major strikes in 1960, 1968 and 1974, besides serving of Strike Notices by the Central Trade Unions, including the AIRF in 1997 and 2006 when the strikes were averted by settlements of certain issues.
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Even though some of the issues could be resolved through negotiated settlements over the years, the continuous denial of justice by the successive Pay Commissions, especially on the following issues, are the root cause of major unrest among the Railwaymen even after submission of the report by these CPCs:-
(i) “Even the Need Based Minimum Wage” – as per recommendations of the 15thLabourConference (1957), as modified under Supreme Court‟s orders;
(ii) Parity of Pay with(Central) Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs);
(iii) Reduction in Periodicity of Wage Revision of Central Government employees to 5 years – at par with PSUs;
(iv) Removal of anomalies of the successive Pay Commissions;
(v) Implementation of decisions of Anomaly Committees & Board of Arbitration.
(vi) Compulsory Arbitration for settlement of Disputes;
(vii) Compensation for special Conditions of Service in the Railways.