P N M (Permanent Negotiation Machinery)

P N M (Permanent Negotiation Machinery)


It was founded by shri. V.V.Giri in the year 1951 when Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Railway minister of India.

Object :

With a view to maintain the contact with organised labour and to settle differences and disputes arising between organised labour and Railway administration a machinery has been setup and is called as permanent
negotiation machinery.

PNM was on three-tier basis

1. The Railway level
2. The Railway Board level
3. The Ad-hoc tribunal level

1. The Railway Level:

At Railway level there are further two levels

i) The divisional level/ store depot level/ workshop level
ii) The Zonal Railway level

i) The divisional level/ store depot level/ workshop level :

a) DRM/ Dy. COS/ CWM works as it’s chairman and the Sr. DPO/ DPO/ SPO/ APO works as its sectary.
b) Subject agenda must be circulated one month in advance. Out of agenda items may also be discussed with permission of chairman and chairman can discussed any item out of agenda.
c) Meeting : once in two month separately with representatives of NRMU & CRMS .
d) Matters discussed which comes within the powers of DRM/ Dy. COS/ CWN.

ii) Zonal Railway Levels :

a) Chairman- GM Secretary - CPO.
b) Subject agenda must be circulated one month in advance. Out of agenda items may also be discussed with permission of chairman and chairman can discussed any item out of agenda.
c) Meeting : once in three months separately with representatives of NRMU & CRMS
d) Matters discussed which comes within the powers of GM or which could not be settled at the divisional level.

2. The Railway Board Level :

a) Chairman- Member staff
Secretary - Dy. Director Establishment
b) Subject agenda must be circulated one month in advance. Out of agenda items may also be discussed with permission of chairman and chairman can discussed any item out of agenda
c) Meeting : once in three months separately with representatives of NFIR & AIRF.
d) Matters discussed which comes within the powers of Railway Board or which could not be settled at the Zonal Railway level.

3. Ad-hoc Tribunal Level :

a) The matter of important nature on which no agreement is reached upto the Railway Board level.
b) Chairman would be retired judge of High court or Supreme court having his own staff, and equal representatives of labour and administration.
c) The award given by the tribunal is not binding. The government may accept, reject or modify the award of the tribunal.
d) The matter settled by the tribunal or decision of tribunal once accepted by the government shall not be opened by unions for a period of two years.
e) Where the government reject or modify the decision of the tribunal then the same items may be raised at the end of the year by the union.