Coal India (CIL) trade unions are yet to come to a consensus over a strike to protest against disinvestment and commercial mining, although the CITU-led All- India Coal Workers’ Federation (AICWF) in its meeting on December 3 decided to renew the strike call, which was earlier withdrawn.
Four of the five trade unions, including CITU, INTUC, HMS and AITUC decided to go on a one-day strike on November 24 demanding withdrawal of the clause in the Coal Mines Ordinance 2014, which allows commercial mining by private companies. The trade unions, through the strike, also wanted to protest against the government’s plan of further divesting at least 10% stake in CIL. But they withdrew after CIL chairman & managing director Dr AK Dubey held a meeting with them and promised arranging a meeting with coal minister Piyush
“We didn’t have any meeting so far with the coal minister and so decided to renew our decision to go on a strike,” Jobin Roy, general secretary, AICWF, said, adding that the date for the strike has not been decided as yet since they would have to arrive at a consensus with three other trade unions.
But AICWF has called for creating a human chain in the collieries across the country on December 12 and human chains in coal cities across the country on December 16.
“We have membership strength of 1.5 lakh and we have the maximum striking power,” Roy said.