New Delhi: Five associations that claim to represent half-a-million employees of state-run Coal India Limited (CIL) and its subsidiaries have called for a strike on September 24. The protests are being organised to prevail on the government to withdraw its decision to allow 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in mining.
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Major Central trade unions, like INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS and AICCTU, are supporting the strike.
"Except Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) under the BJP, all trade unions have joined the strike call on September 24," DD Ramanandan, the general secretary of All India Coal Workers Federation, said.
In a separate notice to the Centre, the unions have also demanded that the Centre merge CIL subsidiaries, including Eastern Coalfields Ltd, Central Coalfields Ltd and Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, with Coal India.
The unions have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met by the government.
Recently, the government allowed 100 percent FDI in coal mining and contract manufacturing, as part of its efforts to boost economic growth. The move was aimed at opening the sector up to foreign players. India has one of the world's largest coal reserves.