Workers angry over delay in coal wage revision

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Apr 2017 09:46:28

Business Bureau,

AFTER constitution of JBCCI-X vide notification no. 437 dated November 18, 2016 several meetings of JBCCI-X and its Sub Committees on wage revision, sustainability of pension under CMPS-1998 and on Post Retirement Medicare Scheme have been held but nothing emerged except for one decision about Special Female VRS as circulated by CIL vide letter no. 56 dated March 20, 2017.

Even 3rd meeting of Sub Committee of JBCCI-X on wage revision held at New Delhi on April 7 and April 8, 2017 did not yield any result.

The CIL and coal industry including captive coal mines are in doldrums mainly because of inconsistent policies of Ministry of Coal (MoC) and fluctuating demand with around 100 MT stock of coal at Pit-heads/power houses. Despite positive growth during 2015-16, the CIL could not achieve its targeted production during fiscal 2016-17.

Many of the subsidiaries are headless with stop gap arrangement and recent removal of CIL D(P&IR) R Mohan Das substituted by temporary arrangement, is further addition. The MoC and CIL had given a permanent good-bye to participative/consultative forums and imposing arbitrary decisions having adverse effect on coal workers.
Certain arbitrary decisions like stopping deployment on ‘Weekly Day of Rest’ or OT or attendance through Bio-metric system etc., are in gross violation of the regulations and rules framed under Mines Act, 1952 and concept of staggered ‘Rest Day’ of workers is to deprive double of ‘Normal Wages’ as provided in NCWA.

In short, the situation is quite grim and warrants urgent attention of the coal workers and operating 5 CTUs.
It is gathered that all operating CTUs in coal industry are planning to sit together for detailed discussion into the serious issue and will finalise the strategies to combat the adversities including early conclusion/signing of National Coal Wage Agreement – X, informs a press release issued by Pradeep Kokas.