CIL workers threaten shortage of coal supplies.

CIL workersNew Delhi: The government’s efforts to improve the severe power situation due to coal shortage may come to a zilch, with CIL workers threatening to go on a 72-hour strike demanding a hike in bonus and pay revision.

All- India Coal Workers Federation General Secretary Jibon Roy told PTI “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.”

“The Coal Ministry has called a meeting with workers’ unions of Coal India (CIL) on October 17 which will be chaired by Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal,” CIL Chairman and Managing Director N C Jha said.

The ministry will persuade workers not to resort to strike which could further worsen the shortage of coal supplies, as power companies are already battling with less supply, an official said.

The five workers’ unions are 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 ensue on if their demands are not met.

Coal India has offered an annual bonus of Rs 17,000 per worker, whereas the unions are demanding for a minimum bonus of Rs 23,500 per employee.

The workers of the company had prior gone on a one-day strike on October 10, which resulted in production loss of about one million tonnes for CIL, causing it a revenue loss of concerning Rs 140 crore.

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