With the bonus declaration of Rs 57,000 per worker falling short of its expectations, the Congress supported INTUC trade union, Indian National Mineworkers' Federation (INMWF) has served a three-day strike notice to Coal India beginning November 6, 2017.
INMWF was expecting a minimum bonus of Rs 60,000 for each of the workers while the amount agreed between the four other unions and the company management is shorter by Rs. 3,000 of INTUC's expectations.
S Q Zama, secretary general at INMWF said that apart from his union's disappointment with the bonus payment, the union is also protesting against the clauses Coal India has put forward to the five Central Trade Unions which ranges from not offering employment to the family of the worker in case of death or disablement, keeping the mines open for the entire week (thereby doing away with the compulsory rest day on Sunday) and other clauses.
As many as 12 issues in the charter of demands has been served to the company as well as the coal ministry by INMWF.
This trade union has around 40 per cent membership base in the company. Around 0.3 million people are directly employed with Coal India and another 0.15 million are employed indirectly.