Trade unions serve 3-day strike notice in Coal India

    Kolkata, June 18 (PTI) Coal trade unions Thursday said
they are going ahead with their three-day nationwide strike
from July 2 in Coal India and SCCL against the government's
move to open the coal sector to private players.
    It is not clear whether officers will be joining
the strike.
    The strike may cause production loss of nearly four
million tonnes.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday launched the
process for commercial mining in 41 coal blocks, a move that
opens India's coal sector for private players and termed it a
major step in the direction of India achieving self-reliance.
    Trade unions said their outfits in the subsidiaries
had either sent or are in the process of sending the
notices, the .
    We are going ahead with the three-day strike from
July 2. All the permanent and contractors workers of Coal
India and SCCL will join thetrike, All India Coal Workers
Federation general secretary D D
Ramanandan said.
    The proposed strike will also to oppose the
bifurcation of the Central Mine Planning and Design
Institute Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India and engaged in
technical advisory.
RSS-backed Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Hind Maha Sangh and
AITUC have said they will join the strike. PTI BSM

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