New Delhi, Aug 19 All trade unions of Coal India
have decided to go on a three day strike from September 23,
saying the government and the company have not paid heed to
the directions given by Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.
An earlier notice for a 3-day strike beginning September
19, given by CITU-led All India Coal Workers’ Federation
(AICWF) will now be withdrawn, the unions said in a joint
notice for the strike. The unions had held a meeting yesterday
in Ranchi on the issue.
“After detailed deliberations, representatives of five
central trade unions resolve to serve strike notice for three
days with effect from September 23 to 25,” the trade unions
said in the notice to Coal Secretary and Coal India Chairman.
The five central trade unions operating in Coal India and
its subsidiaries are Indian National Trade Union Congress
(INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Bharatiya
Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) and Centre for
Indian Trade Unions (CITU). They operate either directly or
through their affiliates.
A 10 per cent disinvestment in Coal India and its proposed
restructuring are among the major issues against which the
trade unions are threatening to go on strike.