People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 05, 2003
Workers Convention Opposes Privatisation
major trade unions in the coal industry --- namely, the Indian National Mines
Workers Federation (INTUC), Indian Mine Workers Federation (AITUC), All India
Coal Workers Federation (CITU), Hind Khadan Mazdoor Federation (HMS) and Akil
Bharatiya Khadan Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) --- held a convention at Asansol, West
Bengal, on September 14. Attended by over 600 delegates, the convention strongly
opposed privatisation of the coal industry through the back door and expressed
the unions’ determination to organise a countrywide struggle to defeat the
anti-public sector policies of the government of India.
presidium consisting Rajednra Prasad Singh (INTUC) M K Pandhe (CITU), J N Singh
(BMS), Ramendra Kumar (AITUC) and P L Sen (HMS) conducted the deliberations of
The convention unanimously decided to conduct a nationwide action programme to press the following demands.
Withdraw the Coal Mines Nationalisation (Amendment) Bill 2000.
Restore the customs duty on imported coal to the pre-1991 level.
Stop outsourcing of coalmines to private parties and handing over 31 coal blocks
to state governments for outsourcing them to contractors.
Prepare joint revival packages for the ECL, BCCI, and NECL (Assam),CMDDI and
Dankani by granting them timebound financial assistance from the central
Coal India should be a unitary coal company for faster development of coal
industry in India.
Ensure proper safety and welfare measures for coal workers.
Full implementation of agreement dated August 1, 2002 before the CLC(C).
The NCWA-VII should the national wage for the entire coal industry, including
those working under contractors.
Strong action against corruption, theft, malpractices and illegal mining in coal
No closure of mines having mineable reserves of coal.
Stop the reckless ‘voluntary’ retirement scheme and arbitrary reduction of
manpower in the coal industry.
convention decided to hold company level conventions by October 31. The said
unions will hold company level demonstrations by November 15, for getting
implemented the demands raised by the convention.
convention authorised the leadership of the said federations to brief the
members of parliament belonging to all political parties on the problems facing
the coal industry and the demands raised by the convention.
however, the government of India continue its policy of privatisation, the trade
unions working in the coal industry will hold a demonstration in front of the
Coal India headquarters at Kolkata on December 17. There, further programme of
action will also be announced and it may include a long drawn strike action to
press the government of India to give up its retrograde policy to liquidate the
public sector coal industry through various subterfuges. (INN)