Bengaluru: Bangalore Metro Rail Employees Union (BMREU) is now taking an action after the request of 36 employees which also includes 6 women of the P-Way department of Line-1 (Baiyappanahalli to Mysuru Road).
The Union has written a letter to both the BMRCL management and the Labour Commission. Trouble for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is slowly increasing. The main problem this time is the sudden increase of work force in the graveyard shift for Track Maintenance employees at the Baiyappanahalli depot.
This has become big problem and heartburn among the staff. Since July 7 the mandatory duty for nights shift a month has been increased to anywhere between 16 and 18-night shifts from 6 shifts.
P-way Track Maintainers have been told to work four nights and two days with a day off every week instead of working on the first shift (6 am to 2 pm), second shift (2 pm to 10 pm) and night shift (10 pm to 6 am) in rotation every month so that the number of nights for each staffer comes to six a month.
“Trebling the number of night shifts will take a toll on the health of these employees as well as their ability to perform their duties efficiently, particularly in a sensitive department like Track Maintenance,” Union Vice-President Suryanarayana Murthy said.
A senior BMRCL official said that Metro track maintenance work could be done only between 12 midnight and 4 am when operations are shut. Work in the Track Maintenance department is of that nature only. Our operations have increased massively since Phase-I commenced, forcing us to carry out more track-related work. There is no desire to forcibly make anyone work throughout night.
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