Calcutta, Sept. 12: Coal India officers are planning a strike on September 24 to protest against issues related to wage revision and introduction of performance-related payments. The date coincides with the proposed three-day strike called by Coal India’s trade unions.
The officers, under the Coal MInes Officers’ Association, The organisation will hold a sit-in demonstration tomorrow (September 13) in front of the Coal India office in the city, P.K. Singh, secretary-general of the CMOAI, said.
This will be followed by a strike by the officers of all the eight subsidiaries of Coal India on September 24, said Damodar Bannerjee, treasurer of the association.
One of the issues raised by Singh is the introduction of performance related payments (PRP) of 3 per cent of the profit before tax earned by CIL. Other issues include implementation of New Pension Scheme and prospects of promotion and wage revision.
The coal ministry has reportedly sought permission for allowing Coal India to determine the performance-related pay based on the consolidated accounts of all its subsidiaries.
The department of public enterprises has, however, objected to the coal ministry’s proposal.
According to the department, since all CIL’s subsidiaries do not earn profit, it is not within its guidelines to allow the firm to distribute performance pay among all executives.