Demanding the authorities to fill up the vacancies in the Traffic Department of the Thiruvananthapuram Division of the Railways, the Southern Railways Mazdoor Union (SRMU) held a protest march at the Ernakulam Junction Station on Friday. SRMU Thiruvananthapuram division president P Unnikrishnan inaugurated the march. Similar protests were held at all the railway stations in the state on Friday.
The protestors pointed out that the number of workers available for shunting work of trains at marshalling yards was insufficient. They demanded that those selected for the promotional training should be allowed to attend the training being held in Chennai.
“Though the employees of the traffic department have been selected for promotional training, they are not allowed to attend the classes citing shortage of staff. This is unfair as the employees are being deprived of their basic rights,” Unnikrishnan said.
The union has demanded that the working hours of the traffic department employees, who are forced to work for hours on end owing to the shortage of staff, be reduced. Their demands included rest rooms for woman staff at all stations also. SRMU Traffic Council chairman Mahesh M was present.