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Indian coal miners announce strike

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Indian state-owned coal miner, Coal India, has received notice of strike by its workers planned for 2 September, the company said in a release to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

“Efforts are being made for conciliation process,” the company added, but warned that, should the strike go ahead, “it will affect production and dispatch of coal.”

The strike of coal workers forms part of a general strike called at a national convention of trade unions representing workers at companies owned by the Indian central government. It includes members of the Coal Mines Authority Limited Employees Union and Coal Mines Workers Union.

According to the unions’ charter of demands, the unions are calling for an end to privatisation of the coal industry, the end of coal imports, the raising of the status of the coal industry and various wage and benefits improvements – including equality of wagers for contract workers.

India’s domestic coal production has been hit in recent years by strikes, which limit Coal India’s ability to reach government production targets.

The government has made boosting domestic coal production a priority in order to reduce fuel import bills and enable the role out of coal-fired power to meet the country’s energy needs.

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