Protesting against the planned stake sale in Coal India Ltd (CIL), five major trade bodies of coal workers are set to go on a three-day “work to rule” protest later this month. The move could potentially impact coal production and lead to electricity output cuts by thermal power producers.
All-India Coal Workers Federation general secretary Jibon Roy told The Indian Express that neither disinvestment in CIL would be acceptable nor its privatisation.
“We hear that the government is trying to bring in a legislation to privatise CIL, which is not acceptable and neither is the disinvestment process. Accordingly all leading unions have decided to protest by resorting to work-to-rule,” he said. Work-to-rule is a form of protest by workers where they do no more than what is required in their contracts with the aim of slowing down or completely shutting down operations.
“It is being planned across the country by all five major trade unions of coal workers on September 18, 19 and 20,” said AD Nagpal, secretary, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS).
Central trade unions including Bharatiya Mazdoor Sabha, HMS, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) that represent workers of CIL are have joined hands against the planned disinvestment as well as a charter of demands.