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Motormen call off flash strike in Mumbai

July 20, 2012 20:44 IST

Lakhs of commuters on the Western Railway's suburban lines breathed a sigh of relief after over 200 motormen called off their flash strike following negotiations with the management.

"The agitation has been called off and local services are expected to be normal in the next half-an-hour," a Western Railway spokesperson told PTI.

The flash strike, which went on for a few hours, was withdrawn after the two sides came to the negotiation table, he said.

Train services on the busiest local line in the city were disrupted after the motormen went on flash strike on Friday evening demanding better work conditions.

The Western Line is the busiest of the three local lines in the metropolis and carries on an average over 3.4 million commuters on its 1,250 services on both directions every day.

When asked about the demands of the motormen that triggered the flash strike, the spokesperson said they were internal issues.

Railway sources, however, said that the motormen have for long been demanding provision of co-motormen to help them in operations besides addressing several safety issues.

On August 19 last year, the same motormen brought the city to a standstill after they went on a flash strike demanding that the railway authorities reinstate a colleague who was to be suspended from his duties.

In 2010, they had gone on strike four times in January, February, May and October. The May 3 strike was carried out by both the Central and Western lines motormen demanding pay hike.

PTI
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