Trade unions today began a five-day coal industry strike in protest against ’disinvestment and restructuring of Coal India’ and to press for their other demands including the roll-back of the “process of denationalising of coal sector”.
This strike is being considered as the biggest industrial action for any sector since 1977.
All-India Coal Workers Federation leader Jibon Roy reportedly said in a statement that about seven lakh workers are joining the strike. Considering the gravity of the situation, the government has called a meeting today with representatives of major trade unions to sort out the issue.
If the strike goes on it can affect coal production up to 1.5 million tonnes a day and may also hit supplies to power plants which are already grappling with fuel shortages.