With workers of Coal India Ltd (CIL ) threatening to go on a strike if their demand for a higher pay and bonus is not met, the government's attempt to increase coal supplies at thermal plants to normalise power generation in India may hit a roadblock.
"Over three lakh workers of CIL along with two lakh contract workers would proceed on a 72- hour strike immediately if the coal ministry fails to address their demands, including a hike in bonus and pay revision," All- India Coal Workers Federation general secretary Jibon Roy said.
CIL accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal production.
The coal ministry has called a meeting with workers' unions of CIL on Monday, to be chaired by coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, CIL chairman and managing director (CMD) NC Jha said.
The ministry will convince workers not to resort to strike, which could further aggravate the shortage of coal supplies, as power firms are battling with less supply, a senior official said.
The five workers' unions - the Indian National Trade Union Congress ( INTUC), the Centre of Indian Trade Unions ( CITU), the All India Trade Union Congress ( AITUC), the Hind Mazdoor Sabha ( HMS) and the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh ( BMS) - have threatened to strike work if their demands are not met.
Coal India has offered an annual bonus of Rs 17,000 per worker, while the unions are demanding a minimum bonus of Rs 23,500 per employee.
CIL workers had earlier gone on a one day strike on October 10, which resulted in production loss of around one million tonnes for CIL, causing it a revenue loss of about Rs 140 crore.
Courtesy: Mail Today