Hyderabad: The talks conducted by the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) with leaders of various unions here on Friday to avert a three-day strike by the employees from November 9 were inconclusive.
The SCCL said if the unions withdraw the decision of going on strike, then it would avoid unnecessary losses to the company which was progressing on all fronts.
The strike withdrawal decision would also contribute to the progress of Singareni employees in the State, the SCCL said, adding that the unions will not achieve anything by going on strike that would only cause financial losses to the company.
Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangam (TBGKS) on Thursday decided to go on strike from December 9 demanding that the government fulfill their demands apart from requesting the Central government’ to withdraw four coal blocks in Singareni from the auction. It served a strike notice a few days ago.
On Friday, the SCCL held detailed discussions with TBGKS, and other national unions – All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITUC) and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS).
Auction of 4 blocks
The management explained in detail to the unions about the allocation of coal blocks from independence till now along with the changes that came in the field. It has also informed that the unions about the efforts made by it in preventing the Centre from auctioning the blocks.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to allocate coal blocks to Singareni. However, as per country-wide policy, the Central government has decided to put four coal blocks to the auction.
“The issue is not related to Sringareni or Telangana and going on strike will not be beneficial in the present context. The strike will also affect the coal production,” the SCCL informed the unions.
However, the unions expressed apprehensions that the auction of four blocks would impact the existence of Singareni and employment opportunities will also come down drastically. Expressing satisfaction over calling them for talks, the unions said that they will ensure that the Centre withdraws its decision like it did in the case of farm laws.
The union leaders said if the Centre fails to withdraw the decision, then the unions would strongly protest and stop other mining agencies from entering the Singareni areas. If necessary, the unions will unite and meet Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Union Coal Minister and other officials and explain about the issue.
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