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Dec 19, 2008 at 11:35pm IST

Mumbai motormen flash strike stalls commuters

Mumbai: Local commuters were stranded at various stations in Mumbai on Thursday as Western railway motormen went on a flash strike.

Mumbai's Churchgate station was a picture of chaos as thousands of commuters seeking a way to travel back home were clueless about how they would travel.

The trains began plying three hours later, but the travellers who were stranded for the duration were furious.

Many complained that there were no proper announcements about when normal traffic would resume.

The flash strike was over pay revision and working hours. Most commuters were hanging out on footboards as trains were parked at Churchgate station in a back-to-back fashion.

Thankfully, at 11:30pm the motormen called off the strike.

"We have been demanding revision of our working hours and other work related problems since many years. A month ago, we even gave a notice regarding this. But that was conveniently ignored. It wasn't as though we did this without proper intimation. We have not cheated people. It is for the commuters' sake that we have resumed work," said Devendra Yadav, the chairman of Motormen Association of western Railway.

Security was stepped up and maintained even after trains began plying as Railway officials feared a public backlash over the flash strike.

The local trains being a key component of the day to day lives of Mumbai's workforce, there is anger amongst users about who should be held responsible for the Western Railway fiasco that inconvenienced thousands.