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The Railway employees will be taking strike ballot on 21-22 December 2013 on the basis of the 36 point Charter of Demands, which they have already submitted to the Government. The demands include wage rise, guaranteed pension scheme instead of contributory pension,compassionate appointments to the wards of deceased employees, special consideration for women in duties etc. The call for strike ballot has been given by the All India Railway Men’s Federation, which is the majority union in Railways. The results of the strike ballot will be announced on 23rd December, said Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary General of AIRF.
The demands of the railway employees are fully justified and the government needs to consider the issues favourably and settle them, avoiding a strike in the biggest industry in the country employees about 12 lakhs of workers.