MCL workers support coal unions’ stir

The MCL coal workers union on Sunday extended their support to the nation-wide strike over merger of provident fund schemes during a meeting here.

Published: 30th May 2017 02:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th May 2017 07:19 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

JHARSUGUDA: The MCL coal workers union on Sunday extended their support to the nation-wide strike over merger of provident fund schemes during a meeting here.
Sources said the five central trade unions of Coal India have decided to proceed on a three-day strike from June 19 to 21 protesting the proposed merger of the Coal Mines Provident Fund (CMPF) with Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and the delay in revising wages of coal workers.

The meeting chaired by Prasanna Choudhury was attended by several members of INTUC, AITUC, HMS and BMS. Coal workers’ leaders Ranendra Kumar, Ashok Jadab, Anit Chakraborty, Mohan Rao, Kulamani Das, Debraj Pradhan, Subash Jali and Sukanta Padhan were also present.

They alleged that the proposed merger of the CMPF with EPF will result in the pension of workers reducing to a third of the existing one. The Centre is devising ways to cut down the legitimate pay of the workers and control the outgo from its coffers by depriving the workers of their legal benefits, they said.
The trade unions have already issued the notice to Coal India and the Coal Secretary. Although the notice of the strike includes seven-point demand, the second major issue of contention is over the delay in wage revision.

Strike from June 19

Five central trade unions of Coal India have decided to proceed on a three-day strike from June 19 to 21 protesting the proposed merger of the Coal Mines Provident Fund (CMPF) with Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and the delay in revising wages of coal workers. Although the notice of the strike includes seven-point demand, the second major issue of contention is over the delay in wage revision.

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