K M Dayashankar
PEDDAPALLI: The stage is all set for the 72-hour strike in the Singareni Collieries Company Limited from Thursday onwards in the entire coal belt region comprising of the north Telangana districts of the Telangana state.
The trade unions including the recognised trade union of the Singareni viz Telangana Boggu Ghani karmika Sangham (TGBKS) and the national trade unions such as AITUC, INTUC, CITU, BMS and BMS have called for a three-day strike in protest against the privatisation of the coal blocks including four blocks in the Telangana state.
Following the strike notice, the Singareni management had convened a meeting with all the trade unions which gave a strike call to rethink their decision in the interest of the company and the coal miners. But, the trade union leaders have vehemently opposed the management’s plea to call off the strike and reiterated that they would continue to strike in protest against the Union government for privatising the coal blocks.
In the meantime, the trade union leaders had organised several meetings with the coal miners to make the strike cent per cent successful in the Singareni. They visited all the mines and motivated the miners to participate in the strike. Incidentally, the Singareni officials have also decided to support the strike indirectly by wearing the black badges to extend solidarity to the coal miners.
All the 42,000 and odd coal miners would participate in the strike causing coal production loss to the tune of over 20 lakh metric tonnes per day and also its transportation to its customers. On the other hand, the union leaders have decided to make the strike total and geared up to ensure that no worker including the private worker participates in the work during the strike period.
In order to avoid any untoward incidents, the police officials are also making arrangements by deploying additional police forces at all mines to ensure that the miners do not obstruct miners interested in work.