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Moscow "lokomotivschiki" go to work Railways Strike

April 29 2008

Locomotive crews of the Moscow railway, which went on strike Monday morning, will take the job on Tuesday, a spokesman of the Russian trade union of locomotive teams of railwaymen (RPLBZH) Sergey Temples.

The strike of fourteen locomotive crew, which began on Monday morning, led to the abolition of most trains, in particular, the Yaroslavl and Gorki directions. "Tomorrow (Tuesday) we'll get to work, as long as the strike continues," - said the Temples. He clarified that the striking workers will continue to enforce its requirements, "in other ways, legal."

Railwaymen demanding a payment in accordance with the order of the head MOR for all drivers at a rate of 60 thousand rubles a month, said earlier the chairman of the Russian trade union of locomotive teams of railwaymen Yevgeny Kulikov. According to him, the order of MOR is not satisfied: "Of the 200 people in various depots stipulated by this order receive a salary of five to eight people."

In addition, the strikers demand to resume canceled in 2007, payment for long service, as well as "to stop discrimination on the basis of belonging to unions," said Kulikov. The Russian state monopoly RZD railway called the strike illegal and appealed to the Moscow inter-regional transport prosecutor's office of the denial brigade locomotive depot and railroad Pushkino MOR to perform job duties.

As noted in a press release, asks Railways to take on the locomotive engineers who have refused to work duties, and leaders of the Russian trade union of locomotive teams of railwaymen prosecutorial response measures to stop the illegal action, conduct which poses a threat to national defense and national security, life and health. According to RZD, the so-called independent union RPLBZH is not more than 1,1 thousand people.

A total of Railways runs more than 1 million people, of whom the vast majority of integrated into the Russian Trade Union of Railwaymen and Transport Construction. In the Railways are reminded that the law strikes by rail are prohibited. November 23, 2007 the Moscow City Court has upheld a lawsuit Railways declared illegal a strike scheduled for 28 November, 2007 union of locomotive teams of railwaymen.

The strike, according to the Railways, has led to the disruption of the schedule of suburban trains in the Yaroslavl and Gorki directions MOR and a delay of about 30 EMUs. The company had to withdraw to work additional brigade, after which the movement was restored. First Vice-President of RZD, Vadim Morozov, previously said Monday that a strike by locomotive drivers to higher wages machinists will not, according to RIA News .

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