Regulation of Hours of Work & Periods of Rest - Chapter XIV of Railways Act 1989
Sec 130 - Definitions
- Continuous : The employment of a railway servant is said to be continuous except when it is excluded or has been declared to be Essentially Intermittent or Intensive.
- Essentially Intermittent : The employment of a railway servant is said to be Essentially Intermittent when it has been declared to be so by the prescribed authority on the grounds that daily hours of duty of the railway servant normally include periods of inaction aggregating to 50% or more (including at least 1 such period of not less than 1 hour or 2 such periods of not less than half an hour each) in a tour of 12 hour duty (on the average over 72 consecutive hours) during which the Railway servant may be on duty, but is not called upon to display either physical activity or sustained attention.
- Excluded : The employment of a Railway Servant is said to be Excluded if he belongs to any one of the following categories,
- Railway Servant employed in managerial or confidential capacity.
- Armed guards or other personnel subject to discipline similar to that of any armed police forces.
- Staff of the railway schools imparting technical training or academic education.
- Such staff as may be specified as supervisory.
- Other categories prescribed.
- 4 . Intensive : The employment of a Railway Servant is said to be Intensive when it has been declared to be so by the prescibed authority on the ground that it is of a strenous nature involving continued concentration or hard manual labour with little or no period of relaxation.
Sec131 - Exceptions
Nothing in this chapter applies to Railway Servants whom the Factories Act 1948or the Mines Act 1952 or Railway Protection Force Act 1957 or Merchant Shipping Act 1958 applies.
Sec 132 - Maximum limit of hours of work
A Railway servant shall not be employed more than,
- 75 hours in any week in case of Essentially Intermittent
- 54 hours a week on an average in a 2 weekly period
- 45 hours a week on an average in a 2 weekly period
Temporary exemptions may be made in emergency situations. In this case the railway servant should be paid Overtime not less than 2 times his ordinary rate of pay. for excess hours of work.
Sec 133 - Grant of periodical rest
A Railway Servant whose employment is Continuous or Intensive shall be given a rest of not less than 30 consecutive hours for every week commencing on a Sunday.
A Railway Servant whose employment is Essentially Intermittent shall be given a rest of not less than 24 consecutive hours including a full night for every week commencing on a Sunday.
If a Railway Servant is given rest less than this compensatory rest should be given.
Sec 134 - Railway servant to remain on duty until properly relieved.
Sec 135 - Supervisors of Railway Labour.
Sec 136 - Power to make rules under this chapter.