Struggle of railway porters

The Jan Shakti Coolie Union organised a demonstration in support of their demands at Azad Maidan, Mumbai on 20th January 2016. Hundreds of porters (coolies) working in the various railway stations of Mumbai participated in this demonstration. All over India, hundreds of thousands of collies provide services to passengers at railway stations all over India. But these coolies do not get any facilities in return.
Coolies have to deal with several hardships such as lack of drinking water at many stations, lack of rest houses at railway stations and neglect of those that are there, not being able to obtain railway passes, not having an insurance scheme, lack of any assistance for the livelihood of dependants on the part of the authorities after their demise, and so on.
From time to time, the Unions of railway porters (coolies) have organised demonstrations, struggles, hunger strikes and rallies to press for facilities and other demands. At present the railway coolies also have difficulty in earning their livelihood since they often do not get sufficient work at railway stations these days. Due to lack of work, it is sometimes even difficult for them to earn a hundred Rupees in a day, because of which they find it hard to provide for their families and themselves. The Railway authorities do not pay heed to their problems, hence they have taken to the path of struggle. They organised the demonstration at Azad Maidan to press for their demands.
The main demands of the railway coolies are: that railway coolies must be given promotion and placed in Group ‘D’, that porters should be provided with suitable accommodation, that they should get medical facilities free of cost, that they should be given railway passes applicable to Group ‘D’ workers, that the children of porters must be given education in Central Schools, that the dependants of coolies should be provided with jobs in the Railways upon their demise and so on.

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