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Singareni workers observe strike in first shift

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Acting Tough:Activists of various trade unions, who try to enter into the Collectorate, being removed by the police on the second day of the two-day general strike in Khammam on Thursday.—PHOTO: G.N. RAO
Acting Tough:Activists of various trade unions, who try to enter into the Collectorate, being removed by the police on the second day of the two-day general strike in Khammam on Thursday.—PHOTO: G.N. RAO

A total of 27,036 workers of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) observed strike during the first shift in the coalmines including underground mines and opencast projects besides various departments across the coal belt on the concluding day of the 48-hour nationwide strike called by various central trade unions, on Thursday.

A total of 10,566 workers attended to their duties during the first shift in all the 11 areas of the company spanned across four districts including Khammam in the region.

The workers suffered wage losses to the tune of Rs 4.84 crore due to the strike in the first shift on Thursday, the SCCL sources said. The two-day strike has posed obstacles to the SCCL management’s action plan to realise the coal production target of 55.80 million tonnes in the current fiscal year set to expire on March 31.

Meanwhile, rallies and protest demonstrations marked the second day of the two-day nationwide strike at various places in the district.

The strike evoked mixed response on the second day on Thursday.

Tension pervaded in front of the Collectorate when the activists owing allegiance to various trade unions including CITU tried to gatecrash into the Collectorate complex in pursuit of their demands.

The police whisked away the protesters and thwarted their attempt.

The CPI district secretary B Hemantha Rao and others took part in the rally.


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