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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(AICWF) will now be withdrawn, the unions said in a joint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.