Singareni miners to rope in family members in strike

By Author  |  Published: 21st Jun 2017  8:50 pm

Peddapalli: While Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) management is making all-out efforts to weaken the ongoing workers’ strike, the national trade unions, which are leading the strike, have decided to intensify the agitation.

In the wake of increasing attendance of workers in coal mines by the day, trade unions are working out different strategies. Unions, which have already roped in political leaders to tour in Singareni coal mines areas to extend their support to striking workers, are also planning to involve their family members in the strike.

Children and wives of the works will visit different underground as well as opencast mines and request those who are attending duties to extend their support for the strike by staying away from duties.

As the management is trying to suppress the strike with illegal detentions of union leaders, workers have decided to organise ‘Jail Bharo’ programmes if the management is continued its autocratic attitude.

However, unions on Wednesday wrote to the Central government against the SCCL management for denying the legitimate right of the working class.

In a letter addressed to the Union government, trade unions opined that though they slipped into strike by issuing strike notice well in advance, the management was resorting to false propaganda against the unions. In order to dilute the strike by luring the works, SCCL authorities were projecting wrong statistics of coal production, they mentioned.

On the other hand, another round of talks is going to be held between trade unions and Singareni management in the presence of Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner in Hyderabad on June 23.

Five national trade unions — AITUC, INTUC, HMS, CITU and BMS — which served strike notice to the SCCL management on March 31 for the revival of DES, began the agitation on June 15 following the failure of four rounds of talks with SCCL.

As part of their agitation, trade unions have decided to lay siege to the General Manager office in Godavarikhani on Thursday. On the other hand, CPM State secretary Tammineni Veerabadram on Wednesday visited coal mines in Ramagudam region and extended his support to workers.