SCCL Elections: Miners, Unions get on Social media

Platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook are widely being used by the unions to highlight the failures of the opponent unions.

By Author  |  Published: 26th Sep 2017  9:19 pmUpdated: 26th Sep 2017  9:29 pm
SCCL Thermal Power Plant
A view of SCCL's power plant at Pegadapalli of Jaipur.

Peddapalli: Campaign for the recognised trade union of Singareni Collieries Company Limited elections is generating heat in the coal belt areas. Besides routine campaign — organising gate meetings and arranging cocktail dinners — trade unions are taking to social media platforms.

For instance, a message asking workers to cast their vote for ‘Star’ (AITUC election symbol) was posted in a few WhatsApp groups. Another message was posted in a group showing how the national trade unions AITUC and INTUC meted out injustice to workers by accepting the abolition of dependent job scheme in SCCL. The message also detailed how they were trying to corner Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham, affiliated to TRS, for not reviving the hereditary job scheme.

On the other hand, a video, in which Manthani MLA Putta Madhu was grilled by workers, was also uploaded on Facebook. When Madhu went to 10 incline coal mine in Godavarikhani to attend a gate meeting recently, workers questioned him for failing to take measures to provide facilities at mines. Unable to face resistance from employees, the legislator returned from the spot without delivering a speech.

Government Chief Whip and Dharmapuri MLA Koppula Eshwar also faced a similar resistance from workers at five incline mine in Godavarikhani recently. It also became viral on WhatsApp groups.

On the other hand, migrations into ruling party-affiliated union TBGKS from other unions are creating confusion among the workers. State government representative in New Delhi S Venugopala Chary joined TBGKS on Sunday as he was suspended from HMS by the national leadership.

Before the suspension, he served as the president of Singareni Mines and Engineers Workers Union, affiliated to HMS. Chary was suspended from the union as he reportedly mounted pressure on HMS leadership to extend support to TBGKS. HMS has a stronghold in some areas of the coal belt area.

Unable to digest TDP’s decision to support AITUC, Telugu Nadu Trade Union Council general secretary Peddapalli Satyanarayana, along with his followers, also joined TBGKS. TNTUC leaders are unhappy over the party’s decision to support AITUC.

Though TD announced support to the national trade union, TNTUC leaders were staying away from AITUC meetings and election campaign. Koppula Eshwara’s effort to convince Satyanarayana to join ruling party union was materialised.