Trade Unions Directing Towards SC Over Involving Private Companies In Coal Sector
Against the government’s decision to allow private companies in the coal sector, a big trade union has decided to go Supreme Court. Trade unions stated that this move will lead to jobs loss, low salaries and the market share of government company Coal India will come down.
Indian National Trade Union Congress has said that it will not be involved in the strike called by the other four Central Trade Unions in next month as it is planning to seek political support from non-BJP parties against the government’s move.
Secretary-General of the Indian National Mineworkers Federation, who was working under INTUC, said, “No one will benefit from the one-day strike. We have started discussions with the lawyers on this issue and we will definitely go to the Supreme Court against the government’s decision.” The central government had assured the security of Coal India’s interests. However, the permission for commercial mining is to refrain from this promise. Coal India’s share in coal production in the country is more than 80%.
A one-day strike has been called on 16th April to oppose the coal sector to open for commercial mining and allow for sale without any restriction. The Center of Indian Trade Unions, Indian Mazdoor Sangh, Hind Mazdoor Sabha and All India Trade Union Congress gave the notice on Tuesday.
BK Roy, who represents the workers on behalf of the Indian Mazdoor Sangh in Coal India, said, “We are against opening the commercial coal mining and coal sector for the private sector. We will strike a day on April 16. It will be a signatory strike and after seeing the government’s response, the decision of the future will be decided.”
The move of accessing private players in coal sector was anticipated to spur the overall coal sector as the Coal India still lack behind in production compared to demand. But the situation seems to be critical now.