AIRF thanked for holding a separate meeting with women employees to understand their problems

Around 1,000 women delegates from all Zonal Railways and Production Units of Indian Railways met here on Wednesday at the All India Railway Working Women Employees Conference held as part of ongoing 88 annual conference of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF).

Presiding over the meet, Chairperson of the All India Women Committee D. Shaleel expressed her gratitude to AIRF for holding a separate meeting with women employees to understand their problems that were peculiar to their working conditions.

She said unlike in the past, women employees were joining all categories in the Railways including train operations and mechanical running duties. She lamented that the working conditions were not conducive due to lack of amenities at the work spots.

AIRF general secretary Shiva Gopal Mishra said that the AIRF had made all out efforts in putting forth the demands of women employees before the 6 Central Pay Commission and succeeded in getting child care allowance. Efforts were also being made to ensure better working conditions to women employees.

Uplift of employees

AIRF working president Rakhal Das Gupta said that the federation was in the forefront in the uplift of women employees, which was evident from the fact that they were placed in the highest negotiating machinery forum.

Acting general secretary of International Transport Workers Federation Steve Cotton commended the women for participating in large numbers and expressed solidarity on behalf of ITF.

Women Coordinator of South Asia Pacific Region of ITF Nitash Kaphia, AIRF Women Committee Convener Jaya Agarwal, National Women Committee Chairperson of Hind Mazdoor Sabha Champa Verma, Southern Railway Mazdoor Union chairperson Renuka Lakshmi and Chairperson of Western Railway Employees Union Sophia spoke.

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