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PTI Report

New Delhi, Dec 17 Employee unions of state-owned CIL and SCCL today threatened to go on a five-day strike beginning January 6 to press for demands including roll-back of the “process of denationalisation of coal sector” and stopping “disinvestment and restructuring” of Coal India.

The coal workers Coal India Singareni Collieries Company (SCCL) will observe five days all India strike with effect from January 6,” four central trade unions –BMS, INTUC, HMS and AITUC–said in a joint statement.

The strike call comes at a time when the country is grappling with coal shortages and as many as 43 thermal power plants are facing significant fuel deficit.

The charter of demands include stopping or withdrawing “process of denationalisation of coal sector” and stopping “disinvestment, restructuring of CIL” (Coal India) among others.

The demands also includes extending National Coal Wage Agreement (NCWA) wages and other benefits to existing and prospective captive coal workers and lifting the ban on general recruitment.

Regularising contract workers engaged in mining jobs in underground as well as open cast mines is another demand. (PTI)