Three points of disagreement with employee unions led to government-owned Coal India being unable to sign a wage agreement last week with its four central trade unions.
Management and unions are to now meet in Kolkata on September 18-19 to take up the points of contention.
One of the three issues of disagreement is on benefits to workers’ dependents. Another is Coal India’s aim to keep its mines operating through the week. A third is on monetary benefits for contractual workers.
Union leaders, who claim to have knowledge on the matter, say Union coal and power minister Piyush Goyal pushed at the meeting for additional clauses to the draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed. “At the last moment, Coal India officials, after meeting the minister, proposed inclusion of additional clauses which are unacceptable to us,” D D Ramanandan, general secretary of the All India Coal Workers’ Federation, told Business Standard.
Ramendra Kumar, the general secretary of the Indian Mine Workers’ Federation, says it is evident that Goyal must have asked Coal India officials to pursue incorporation of the additional clauses.
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