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Mahanadi Coalfields suffers loss of INR 60 crore as unions observe strike

Coal News - Published on Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Image Source: The Economic Times
Economic Times reported that production and sales came to a grinding halt at Mahanadi Coalfields on the first day of the two-day strike which, however, didn’t take a major toll on other Coal India subsidiaries. The Odisha headquartered miner is one the largest subsidiaries of Coal India and has been producing around 460,000 tonnes of coal a day. Tuesday’s loss has been pegged at INR 60 crore.

A senior Coal India executive said attendance at MCL was nearly zero and all major mines and offices of the company were closed. This was corroborated by a union leader.

According to an MCL executive, trade unions had political backing and the law-andorder machinery was inadequate to foil the strike.

Labour arms of political parties like Citu, HMS, AITUC and Intuc, which represent majority of the 280,000 Coal India workers, had served a two-day strike notice to the management. BMS, however, stayed off the strike.

SQ Zama, secretary-general of the Intuc-affiliated Indian National Mine Workers’ Federation, claimed the strike affected other subsidiaries too. According to him, nearly 100 per cent workers refused to turn up at Northern Coalfields and North Eastern Coalfields, while Bharat Coking Coal had 75 per cent workers absent, South Eastern Coalfields saw 85 per cent absentees, Central Coalfields recorded 50 per cent on job, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute had 20 per cent absentees, Western Coalfields saw 65 per cent absent and Eastern Coalfields had 35 per cent absentees.

A senior CIL executive claimed that attendance at Northern Coalfields was 88 per cent, while production was to the tune of 98 per cent and sales around 84 per cent. He claimed that attendance at Bharat Coking Coal was slightly affected, while production and despatches were normal. He said the strike did not have much effect on attendance, production and sales at South Eastern Coalfields, Central Coalfields and Eastern Coalfields.

The executive said that “Production was affected marginally at Western Coalfields. Contractual workers attended work, while a small section of departmental employees joined the strike.” The executive also claimed that attendance was affected to some extent at the exploration arm Central Mine Planning and Design Institute.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 11 Jan 2019
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