K M Dayashankar
PEDDAPALLI: Close on the heels of Telangana Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham (TGBKS), the recognised trade union of Singareni Collieries Company Limited serving the strike notice to the management, the other national trade unions viz INTUC, CITU, AITUC, HMS and BMS have also decided to participate in 72-hour strike from December 9 to 11 in entire Singareni coal belt.
Disclosing this to newsmen in Godavarikhani on Tuesday, national trade union leaders Venkat Rao, Janak Prasad, Seetharamaiah, Tummala Raji Reddy, Yadagiri Sathaiah and Jakkula Narayana alleged that the Union government was privatising all public sector undertakings since it attained power. Similarly, it had decided to auction 88 coal blocks in the country including two each in Khammam and Mancherial districts.
Demanding the government to withdraw the proposed auction of coal blocks, they threatened to intensify their agitations. They alleged that the government was privatising the underground mines and reducing the permanent staff and accordingly the management had privatised Andriyala, Kondapur, GVK mine and KTK-8 incline mines.
They were also demanding the government to increase the wages of the contract workers of Singareni on par with the Coal India contract workers high-power committee wages. They sought suitable jobs to the mining staff, who are declared medical unfit, instead of providing general mazdoor jobs.