With workers at Coal India Ltd (CIL) planning a three day strike next month over the planned disinvestment in the state run miner,the labour ministry is now set to step in to try and break the logjam.
The chief labour commissioner is understood to start conciliation proceedings between the trade unions and the CIL management.
It is mandated under the labour laws that whenever a trade union gives a notice for strike,the labour commissioner has to intervene and try for conciliation, said a senior government official,adding that a notice will be sent to the trade union soon.
Coal Indias 3.57 lakh employees are affiliated to five trade unions,all of whom are opposed to the disinvestment. Of these,the CITU-led All India Coal Workers Federation has served notice to the PSU for a three-day strike from September 19.
The other four unions have also threatened to go on strike but are expected to have another round of talks with the CIL management later this month before taking a joint decision to go on strike.