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Singareni miners call off 13-day strike

Our Bureau

HYDERABAD, June 21

THE miners of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) called of their 13-day strike here today following the intervention of the Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, wherein it was decided to extend several benefits to miners.

An agreement to resume work was reached at a meeting between the Chief Minister and the Singareni Collieries union leaders, company management and the officials.

Consequently, the union leaders agreed to resume work from Friday morning. As per the agreement, 60 per cent of the NCWA-VI (National Coal Wage Agreement) arrears will be paid as advance to the serving employees by August 15. For retired and retiring emp loyees, full arrears will be paid by August as per the decision of JBCCI (Joint Bipartite Committee on Coal Industry) earlier this month.

This decision would mean that the Singareni management will have to bear an additional amount of Rs 450 crore along with Rs 270 crore towards 60 per cent payment.

Further, it was also agreed to defer the professional tax for workmen. And 10 per cent of the profits for 1999-2000 will be paid within two weeks of ending the strike. Regarding dependent employment in cases arising due to death/medically unfit reason wi ll also be extended to employees.

Though as per the JBCCI norms read with Supreme Court's decision, a job can be provided only if vacancies are available, but, as a special case, it was decided to provide employment to 25 persons per month out of the existing wait list as on December 31, 2000.

Further, the alternative Monthly Monetary Compensation (MMC) of Rs 3,000 will be available to those who do not wish to wait for alternative option. In this event, the management will also facilitate a guaranteed loan of up to Rs 1 lakh on the pattern of CMEY (Chief Minister's Empowerment of Youth) programme. However, as a third option, the management will offer a one-time commuted lump-sum amount of Rs 3 lakh.

Mr Naidu appealed to the colliers to immediately resume work in the interest of the company and avoid further confrontation which is detrimental to the progress of the company and the welfare of the employees and their families.

Related links:
Singareni stalemate continues
Naidu urges Singareni miners to resume work
Singareni staff stir hits output

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