GUWAHATI, June 8 - The NF Railway Mazdoor Union today observed �protest day� against freezing of dearness allowance and privatisation of PSUs.
�At the call of the All India Railwaymen�s Federation, NF Railway Mazdoor Union from Dibrugarh to Katihar observed �awareness week� from June 1 to 6, followed by �protest day� today by unfurling black flags and wearing black badges,� said Rakhal Das Gupta, general secretary, NF Railway Mazdoor Union in a press statement.
The statement said that at a time when the railwaymen are working round the clock to carry essential commodities and run Shramik Special and other trains, it was really sad that the government had taken such a decision. The decision would badly affect the economic condition of railwaymen in addition to causing them mental disturbance, the statement added.
The Mazdoor Union also registered its protest against the Centre�s decision to privatise railway train services, defence factories, coal, oilfields, mines and other public sector undertakings.
Meanwhile, the Assam State Committee of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) will stage a protest on July 3 against several steps taken by the Centre during the Covid-19 pandemic like the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020, increase in working hours from 8 hours to 12 hours a day and privatisation of PSUs, said Ramen Das, general secretary of AITUC�s Assam unit.