Date:10/07/2005 URL:

Andhra Pradesh - Hyderabad

Singareni employees' strike from July 18

Special Correspondent

Striking unions seek implementation of the seventh wage board

HYDERABAD: The Joint Action Committee of five Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) employees unions are going on indefinite strike from July 18 demanding that the Centre implement the seventh wage board award.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising Godavariloya Boggugani Karmika Union, Shramika Shakti Godavariloya Boggugani Karmika Sangham, Singareni Karmika Samakhya (Sikasa), Singareni Gani Karmika Sangham (SGKS) and Godavariloya Boggugani Karmika Sangham will participate in the strike.

Major demands

The major unions -- INTUC, AITUC, HMS and BMS -- have also given a separate call for a seven-day nation-wide strike by the coalminers commencing the same day.

The SGKS president, R.V.K. Satyanarayana, told reporters here on Saturday that over six lakh coalminers across the country were yet to get the benefits of the seventh wage board award due from July 1, 2001.

The JAC took exception to a circular issued by the Department of Public Enterprises laying down certain conditions.

Mr. Satyanarayana said the major demands include fixation of Rs. 7,000 as the minimum basic pay for first category workers, 100 per cent neutralisation of Dearness Allowance, hike in salary by 45 per cent, underground allowance to be fixed at 20 per cent of basic pay besides attendance bonus and annual increments.

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