The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union has opposed the Railway Ministry’s move to provide the drawings and designs of coaches of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, to five private coach manufacturing factories to come up in the country. “This move is nothing but plundering of the national wealth for the benefit of private companies,” said Mr.Sridhar, zonal president of the union. There was no necessity to bring in private players in coach manufacturing, particularly as the Railways has proposed to set up its own units at Rai Bareilly and Palghat and a second unit of the ICF.
The Union held its meeting in Madurai on July 4, 2013. The Union has supported the demands of the All India Railwaymen Federation, Confederation of Central Government Employees’ Association and All India Defence Employees Association for a Seventh Pay Commission.