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Coal India trade unions begin three-day strike over commercial mining

2020-07-03 08:55:40   【Print】
Protesting against the government's decision to allow commercial coal mining, Coal India trade unions started their three-day strike beginning on Thursday, a move that may hit around four million tonnes of production.

The unions on Thursday went on strike from the first shift, Nathulal Pandey, president of HMS-affiliated Hind Khadan Mazdoor Federation said.

On an average Coal India produces 1.3 million tonnes (MT) of coal every day, so it is estimated that the production loss due to the three-days strike would be around 4 MT, Mr.Asian Metal Copyright The unions on Thursday went on strike from the first shift, Nathulal Pandey, president of HMS-affiliated Hind Khadan Mazdoor Federation said.Asian Metal Copyright Pandey said.

The move comes at a time when the government has set an ambitious one billion tonnes of coal output for Coal India (CIL) which accounts for over 80% of domestic coal output.

On Wednesday, talks between Coal India trade unions and the government over the issue of commercial coal mining failed.

During the meeting, the Minister informed the unions that commercial mining is a policy decision of Central Government. The Minister said that this is the only way to increase the production of coal.Asian Metal Copyright The Minister said that this is the only way to increase the production of coal.Asian Metal Copyright The representatives of trade union reiterated their stand opposing commercial mining.

In the end, the Minister did not accept the demand of unions to withdraw the decision of commercial mining. Therefore, the unions have no other remedy rather to go for 3 days strike from July 2-4.

.Asian Metal Copyright Pandey said.Asian Metal Copyright