SME Times News Bureau | 16 Apr, 2018
The proposed one-day strike called by four central trade unions in Coal
India Ltd to protest against the government decision of allowing
commercial coal mining by private companies has been withdrawn due to
lack of unity among them, a union leader said on Saturday.
The four central trade unions CITU, BMS, HMS and AITUC had served the joint strike notice on March 14.
a meeting was conducted between Coal Minister Piyush Goyal and the
trade unions on Thursday and another meeting was held with Coal
Secretary Susheel Kumaron Friday.
"The BMS and HMS signed the
minutes in Hindi to withdraw the proposed strike scheduled on Monday.
AITUC and CITU representative did not sign the minutes. We are left with
no option but to withdraw our decision to go for one day strike,"
Indian National Mineworkers Federation (affiliated to INTUC) Secretary
General S.Q. Zama said.
In a major reform in the coal sector
since its nationalisation in 1973, the Central government had decided to
allow private companies to mine coal for commercial purposes - a move
expected to put an end to monopoly of Coal India.