Mahanadi Coalfields unions call for strike on July 24 against wage cut

    Kolkata, Jul 12 (PTI) The trade unions at the Mahanadi
Coalfields Ltd, a subsidiary of Coal India, have called for a
strike on July 24 to protest against the miner's decision to
cut wages for workers who had participated in a three-day
nationwide cease work early this month, officials said on
    The four trade unions - AITUC, HMS, BMS and INTUC -
have jointly served the notice of a day's strike to the
management of the Odisha-based subsidiary of the Maharatna
PSU, they said.
    MCL had issued wage-cut order for workers who took
part in the three-day strike from July 2 to protest against
the Centre's decision to start commercial coal mining.
    The miner had termed the three-day strike illegal.
Most of 20,000 mine workers did not report for work during the
cease work.
    This was the second time when such a wage-cut order
was issued for a strike, the officials said.
    The first instance of such an order was in 2010 when a
section of workers went on a day's strike.
    "It is noted that the employees of Lakhanpur OCP,
Belpahar OCM, Lillari OCP and GM office of Lakhanpur area, who
have participated in this illegal strike which is violation of
rule 26.10 of the certified standing orders of MCL.
    "In view of this misconduct on their part, eight days
wage deduction as per Section 20 of the Code on Wages Act
2019, is hereby ordered for their act of participation in the
illegal strike," the MCL said in a notice dated July 3. PTI

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