The Coal Mines Officers’ Association of India (CMOAI) called a nationwide strike on March 13, following failure of talks between the association and Coal India Limited (CIL).
The CIL management had invited the association office-bearers for talks at Kolkata headquarters on Tuesday, but the attempt failed as management refused to give any clear order on the issues that were raised by the CMOAI, claimed association chairman VP Singh who led the team in the talks.
The CIL management was represented by chairman N Narsimha Rao and director (personnel) R Mohan Das.
Singh said, “It would be a first-of-its-kind strike that the country has ever seen. All officers of the subsidiary units of CIL would remain on strike throughout the country.” Singh said the management still held an indifferent attitude to association’s demands that mainly dealt with non-payment of performance-related pays (PRP) and new pension scheme, besides others.
The PRP for the employees is due since 2007-08, despite an agreement on this regard between the Coal ministry, the CIL and the CMOAI, Singh said.
The company has a huge cash reserve with its and can pay but is delaying it for reasons best known to them, alleged Singh.
Same case is with the new pension scheme. Officers who retired even after opting for new pension scheme are being paid less than what was agreed upon, he added.
BCCL-COAMI unit general secretary Bhawani Bandopadhya said all 20,000 officers of CIL would be joining the strike. On March 12, the officers of BCCL and other subsidiaries would be demonstrating outside headquarters of their respective subsidiaries, he added.