Singareni Employees Go On Strike

Responding to the call given by national trade unions, the Singareni staff went on indefinite strike demanding revival of Dependent Employment Scheme.

Karimnagar: Singareni employees went on strike from Thursday on the call given by national trade unions. As the talks for the revival of Dependent Employment Scheme (DES) failed on Tuesday nights, the Singareni employees started the strike.

The TRS government during elections promised revival of DES scheme. However, as it is not revived even after three years, the demand intensified leading to talks between national trade unions –AITUC, INTUC, CITU, HMS and BMS and the management of Singareni Collieries Company Limited in the presence of Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner in Hyderabad on Tuesday. As the talks failed the unions decided to go on indefinite strike in Singareni collieries.

As the Singareni employees went on strike in Jayashankar Bhoopalapalli district, the coal production in the mines came to a halt. Excepting the emergency staff, none of the 6,400 employees in Bhoopalpalli area attended duties. Around 12 thousand tonnes of coal production came to a halt.

Meanwhile, the employees and union leaders said that they would continue the strike till the Dependent Employment Scheme is revived. In order to avoid any untoward incident, police deployment was done in the surrounding areas.

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