WARANGAL: Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) employees’ and workers’ union leaders were arrested in Ramagundam and Kothagudem coal mine areas when they tried to stage protest on Sunday. About 15 union leaders were taken into custody in Kothagudem. Usually, the company keeps the mines closed on Sundays, but in the wake of strike, the management for the first time in the company’s history decided to work on Sunday.
In fact, the management announced double pay for those attending duty on Sunday. Though the fourth day of the strike being Sunday did not see much activity, the attendance remained 40 pc. Workers tried to create trouble at one or two places but it was brought under control by security forces deployed in large numbers in coal mine regions.
Meanwhile, two workers were injured while doing works in mines and were immediately shifted to hospital. A Pratap got injured in RK 6 mines and was rushed to Karminagar hospital and another worker, Laxmiah working in RK 8 mines got injured and was taken to Ramakrishnapur area hospital.
The management did not allow media into the hospital to interact with injured workers. According to sources, union leaders are planning to intensify agitation from Monday.
SCCL appeals to protesters to join work
Hyderabad: Claiming that the attendance of workers and the production of coal is witnessing a steep increase on the fourth day of strike by Singareni Collieries workers, the SCCL appealed to the workers to join work and not to lose their wages and other benefits.