Coal workers threaten 5-day strike from Jan 6


Jharsuguda : The Labour unions of Coal India Limited  have threatened to go on a five-day strike beginning January 6 to press for demands including roll-back of the “process of de-nationalisation of coal sector” and stopping “disinvestment and restructuring” of Coal India.

 In a press conference held on Wednesday at Jharsuguda, All India General Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Khadan Mazdoor Sangh’s Pradeep Ku. Dutta informed this to the Media.

 He said that, Coal workers of Coal India and Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) will observe five days all India strike with effect from January 6 to January 10th. In this all the four Central Trade unions i.e. BMS, INTUC, HMS and AITUC have agreed in a joint meeting held at Ranchi on 17th December.”

 The charter of demands includes stopping or withdrawing “process of de-nationalisation of coal sector” and stopping “disinvestment, restructuring of CIL” (Coal India) among others. The demands also include extending National Coal Wage Agreement (NCWA) wages and other benefits to existing and prospective captive coal workers and lifting the ban on general recruitment.

 “This five days strike will from 6 Jan to 10 January. We feel that if this bill has passed than the workers will be exploited. So, we didn’t have any other option and we have decided to go on strike. We want thank all the other national trade unions who have also come together for this strike.”  he added

 Earlier, the proposed strike on November 24 by CIL employee unions was deferred after a meeting between Coal Ministry officials and trade unions.