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Strike hits coal production at Singareni

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Majority of workers, affiliated to various trade unions, strike work

VOICING PROTEST:Leaders and activists of trade unions taking out a rally in Khammam on Wednesday as part of the two-day general strike.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO
VOICING PROTEST:Leaders and activists of trade unions taking out a rally in Khammam on Wednesday as part of the two-day general strike.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO

As many as 30,528 workers of the total 42,340 workmen on rolls in the first shift struck work in all coalmines as well as various departments of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) on the first day of the 48-hour nation-wide strike called by trade unions on Wednesday.

As many as 11 central trade unions called the two-day strike to register their protest against the alleged anti-people and anti-labour policies of the Central government. The strike disrupted coal production in several underground as well as the opencast projects in the entire coal belt. All the SCCL coalmines in ten areas spread across four districts, including Khammam recorded a total production of 36,502 tons of coal as against the target of 67,315 tons during the first shift.

Coalminers, owing allegiance to different trade unions, including the SCCL recognised union -- Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham (TGBKS), the INTUC-affiliated Singareni Coal Miners Labour Union (SCMLU), the CITU-affiliated Singareni Collieries Employees’ Union and the AITUC-affiliated Singareni Collieries Workers’ Union participated in the strike.

In the Kothagudem region, comprising Yellendu, Manuguru, Kothagudem, and corporate areas, some 4,952 workers of the total 8,536 workmen on rolls, abstained from duties in the first shift.

Meanwhile, the SCCL management has initiated fresh efforts to dissuade the coalminers from continuing the strike on the second day on Thursday for averting huge production loss at the fag-end of the current financial year. The strike came as a setback to the efforts of the company management to overcome the deficit in coal production and achieve the annual production target of 55.80 million tons before March 31.

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