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Coal Miners Strike over Commercial Mining Cripples Coal Production

Coal News - Published on Fri, 03 Jul 2020

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10 Central trade unions said there had been 100% strike during the first and second shifts and attendance for supply of electricity, water and health services was also very minimal. The statement was issued by the Indian National Trade Union Congress, the All-India Trade Union Congress, the Hind Mazdoor Sabha, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, the All-India United Trade Union Centre, the Trade Union Coordination Committee, the Self Employed Women’s Association, the All-India Central Council of Trade Unions, the Labour Progressive Federation and the United Trade Union Congress. Among the demands of the workers is the withdrawal of the decision to allow commercial coal mining and stopping all steps to privatise the Coal India.

Of an average 1.5 million tonnes of coal mined by Coal India per day, around INR 106 crore of revenue goes to states' exchequer. According to a coal ministry official, coal-bearing states, including Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, may suffer an estimated revenue loss of NR 319 crore on account of a three-day strike. Of the estimated INR 319 crore loss, Odisha is likely to take the maximum hit of around INR 70 crore, followed by Chhattisgarh INR 66 crore, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand INR 61 crore each, Maharashtra INR 27 crore, West Bengal INR 23 crore and Uttar Pradesh INR 11 crore

Coal production in 18 open cast and 27 underground mines of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd in northern Telangana came to a halt. The strike is called by six coal mine workers’ unions affiliated to national unions: All India Trade Union Congress, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Hindustan Mazdoor Sangh, Confederation of Indian Trade Unions, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and Indian Federation of Trade Unions. The Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham, affiliated to ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the state, also lent support to the strike, but announced that it would take part in the agitation only for one day.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 03 Jul 2020
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