Coal workers stage demonstration infront of WCL headquarters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Oct 2017 09:21:46


Business Bureau,

In order to protect and promote the sentiments, aspirations and demand of coal workers, a grand one-day demonstration was held before WCL headquarters under the banner of Indian National Mine Workers’ Federation and its affiliated union Rashtriya Koyla Khadan Mazdoor Sangh (INTUC). More than, one thousand coal workers having faith in the leadership of S Q Zama gathered for the demonstration.

It is worth mentioning that the signing ceremony of coal wage board is likely to be solemnised on October 10, 2017 between Coal India management and 4 operating central trade unions (CTUs) except INTUC which is kept away due to technical matter.

Perhaps this is the first time when coal workers are forced to accept the worst wage board agreement in absence of the largest union of Indian coal industry i.e. INTUC.
The management is adamant to delete the clause of employment to dependant in case of medical unfitness/death of a coal worker during service life, the minimum guaranteed benefit which was 25 per cent in earlier wage board has been reduced to 20 per cent, that too freezing all the allowances on the due date of the agreement for coming 5 years, denying of double wages on weekly rest day of the mine, minimum pension fixed as Rs 1000 instead of 50 per cent of wage etc.

The other demands of the coal worker includes payment of 3 per cent increment from SPRA to piece rated workers, HPC wages to contractor workers, enhanced gratuity of Rs 20 lakh to be implemented w.e.f June 30, 2016, life cover payment should be doubled to the existing, removal of ceiling on overtime and female VRS to be implemented uniformly in all the companies of CIL. The other unions who are part of the wage agreement are forced to sign the agreement without any argument, although, the workers who are their members are not also happy with the poor wage agreement being imposed on them.

The largest union of coal industry i.e. Indian National Mine Workers’ Federation (INTUC) took the lead in fighting with the coal industry and Coal India management for seeking justice. As decided in a meeting of working committee of INMF on September 23 at Ranchi decided the action plan. According to plan, the campaigning was organised in each and every mine of CIL and Singareny Collieries. On October 9, 2017 i.e on Monday a massive demonstration was held before each company / subsidiary headquarter. ‘Work-to-Rule’ from October 16 to October 28, 2017, blockade of dispatch of coal for 3 days from October 31 and all India coal workers strike from November 6 to November 8 in each and every mine/establishment of CIL and SCCL.

The gathering was addressed by Rizwan Ansari, R Shankardas, R N Sharma, Damodar Mishra, Ziaul Haque, Dinanath Yadav and G V R Sarma. The main speaker was S Q Zama, General Secretary who made aware the coal workers about the anti-workers policies being adopted by Coal Ministry and Coal India management. The demonstration under the chairmanship of Radheshyam Singh, President was attended prominently by all area leaders R K Chib, Chandrama Yadav, Laxman Sadlawar, Anand Bamhore, Gangadhar Rewatkar, Dhanjay Gundawar, Vijay Gurde, Krishna Bam and Prakash Jaydiya.
Programme was compered by Pradeep Kokas and G B Nagpure proposed the vote of thanks .