(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
COAL Unions Oppose Disinvestment
A meeting of Five federations working in
coal industry namely Indian National
Mine Workers federation (INTUC), Indian Mine Workers Federation
Khadan Mazdoor Federation (HMS), All India Coal Workers Federation
Akhil Bhartiya Khadan Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), met in Kolkata on July 1,
federations have decided to launch a joint movement to oppose the
policy in coal industry and have issued the following statement.
We express our strong
the proposal of the government of India
to disinvest the shareholdings of Coal India in the share market.
Indira Gandhi, former
nationalised coal mines due to several malpractices prevailing in coal
and lack of adequate progress in development of Industry.
We are of the opinion that Coal India
is competent enough to produce all requirements if the government of India
and gives adequate facilities and coal industry is given the
status. All the trade unions are
prepared to co-operate in faster development of coal industry in public
so that the entire requirement of coal is met indigenously.
We are opposed to allotment
coal blocks in general and allotment of coal blocks within the command
CIL given to private sector companies which are mercilessly exploiting
workers. We demand that all the blocks
should be handed over to Coal India
for further production of coal.
The private coal mines are giving
extremely low rate of wages and exploiting the workers.
We, therefore, demand that the NCWA �VIII
should be industry-wise wage and all coal producers should be compelled
the wages as was being done by the previous Coal Wage Board under
of S Merchant.
We are also opposed to contractorisation
and outsourcing of coal industry jobs to private parties.
We demand that the contract workers should
not be allowed to be engaged in permanent and perennial nature of jobs
other coal sectors they should be paid minimum of the scale in coal
We resolutely oppose the amendment to
Coal Mines Nationalisation Act and request the government of India
from doing so.
We appeal to all
coal workers in India
together and jointly launch a campaign to oppose disinvestment and
and fight for the development of coal industry in public sector.