Policy makers paying no heed to demands of coal workers: INMF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jun 2018 12:08:11



Business Bureau

The Indian National Mineworkers Federation (INMF) affiliated to Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) once again alleged that the policy makers are paying no heed to the demands of the coal workers. S Q Zama, Secretary General, INMF also alleged that the Coil India Limited (CIL) and Union Coal Ministry are showing no interest in improving lifestyle of the workers. “ On the contrary, they are making all possible efforts to suppress demands of the workers. In a recent letter to the Chairman of Coal India Limited and other concerned authorities, he highlighted that the workers would soon lunch intensified agitation to press for their demands. While talking to The Hitavada here on Thursday, Zama said that the policy makers are trying to end some of the practices that are very important from the point of view of any coal mine worker.

“The workers should get double payment for working on his rest day. But the CIL seems to be against it. Apart from this, there was a practice of allotting job to a family member of the coal workers if the coal workers becomes medically unfit. It is one of the most important tool to give support to the family wherein the earning members is unable to discharge his duties. But the management is not willing to do so,” he said.
Zama further said that INMF had recently urged the Standardisation Committee of JBCCI-X headed by A K Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director of NCL, to consider the demands of the workers. It is important to note that the coal mine workers’ body had recently opposed the Government’s proposal to allow private firms in the field of commercial mining.

It is important to note that all the five operating Central Trade Unions (CTUs) had recently opposed the move and had also served notices on Secretary (Coal) for strike. Zama said that INMF is firm on its stand to oppose commercial mining by private companies and it is communicating with coal workers and other CTUs for ‘Joint Action Programme’ including blockage of coal dispatch and disruption in production.