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CIL strike begins

Calcutta, March 13: Executives of Coal India today stayed away from work on the first day of the three-day strike, demanding implementation of performance related payment of wages.

R. Mohan Das, CIL director (HR), today said senior officials of the state-run miner would be working towards keeping the production level normal even as the executives had gone on strike.

The Coal Mines Officers’ Association of India (CMOAI), which has called the strike, maintained that production would be marginally impacted. However, the exact estimates of the impact is yet to be assessed.

“Nearly 95 per cent of the executives were absent from work today. We are expecting an impact of production. The amount could be assessed tomorrow as reports start coming in,” said U. Das, joint secretary-general of the association.

According to various executives, the estimated impact of the strike could be roughly about a million tonne. However, a two-day strike called by trade unions in February last year had led to a production loss of around 0.71 million tonnes only.

“There is a seasonality factor for coal production. The impact could be more as this is the peak season,” an executive said.

CMOAI president V.P. Singh said the management would be meeting the executives once again later tonight.

 
 
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