Hyderabad, Sep 24 : The one-day strike by coal mine workers of state-run Singareni collieries Company Limited (SCCL), began on Tuesday in protest against the Centre’s decision to allow 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in coal mining sector.
The trade unions in the coal belt region affiliated to the INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS and AICCTU have participated in the strike. The strike began with the first shift in 18 open cast mines and 28 underground mines spread over six districts in Telangana state call given by the five Central trade unions in all the coal mines of Coal India and its subsidiaries spread across the country.
The coal production was likely to be severely affected due to the strike. Barring the essential staff engaged in safety and other emergency services, almost all the coal miners joined in the strike.
The unions operating in the Singareni coal belt region on Monday have organised gate meetings in various coal mines in Kothagudem region in protest against the Centre’s decision.
The TRS affiliated Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham (TGBKS) also extended its support to the one-day strike. Though the Singareni Coal mines Karmika Sangh (SCKS), affiliated to the ABKMS-BMS has decided to observe a five-day strike, the CITU affiliated Singareni Collieries Employees Union (SCEU) general secretary M Narasimha Rao in a statement on Monday urged the workforce to participate in the one-day strike to protest against attempts to handover the mineral wealth of the country to the big foreign firms for unabated exploitation.(UNI)