Railway loadmen seek basic amenities

Staff Reporter

Workers have to sleep on the platforms

They have no toilets or bathrooms

SALEM: Members of Salem Railway Loadmen Association staged a demonstration here on Friday urging the Railway administration to create necessary basic amenities in the Salem Market Railway Goods Shed.

The shed, which employs over 250 loadmen, lacks amenities such as rest room, drinking water supply provisions, proper lighting, toilets and bathrooms.

The workers have to sleep on the platforms as they do not have any other place to take rest.

Despite repeated representations, the administration continued to neglect the demands of loadmen, they charged.

Adequate facilities should also be created in the goods sheds in Erode, Tirupur and Coimbatore, the loadmen said.

The agitating workers also appealed to the Railways to provide identity cards to them.

They strongly opposed the move to take up loading and unloading works round the clock in the goods sheds.

It appealed to the railways to fix 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for carrying out loading and unloading.

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