Workshop in Mumbai to be shut; Central Railway issues circular to transfer 715 employees

The circular, issued on September 23, has stated that 715 employees will be transferred to Badnera for one year, where they will work in the wagon repair workshop

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In a shock for the rail employees, Central Railway (CR) has decided to shut down its 139-year-old workshop at Parel. Central Railway recently issued a circular for the transfer of 715 employees deployed at the workshop.

However, the baffled railway employee unions stated that CR had not consulted them on the decision. According to reports, the workshop is being shut down to make way for a new terminal for long-distance trains.

Currently, more than 4,000 employees are working at the workshop which looks after the maintenance of locomotives, 140-tonne cranes used at various railway sites, narrow-gauge trains running, and local EMU trains, amongst other things.

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The circular which was issued on September 23 indicated that 715 employees will be transferred Badnera for one year, where they will work in the wagon repair workshop.

However, an unhappy Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU) general secretary Venu P Nair said that 'the arbitrary decision' had been taken without adequate justification or any consultation with recognised labour union NRMU.

He also said that the order must be taken back until an agreement is reached upon. Meanwhile, a senior Railway official said that the decision had been taken as the land was required to build the planned new long-distance trains terminus at Parel.

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