Date:02/08/2007 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/08/02/stories/2007080256770300.htm
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Andhra Pradesh - Karimnagar

Campaign for SCCL union elections hots up

Staff Reporter

KCR to address a public meet in Godavarikhani on August 4

— Photo: R. RAJU

Vote call: Former Minister and TDP leader M. Damodar Reddy campaigning at a mine in Godavarikhani region on Wednesday.

KARIMNAGAR: Campaign for the elections to the recognised trade union of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited is hotting up with contesting unions leaving no stone unturned to woo coalminers.

However, the campaign is focussed on privatisation, outsourcing, reduction of employment, and non-opening of new mines in the Singareni. The trade union leaders have started visiting open cast and underground mines and conducting gate meetings. They are also campaigning in the coal miners’ colonies.

The Singareni Collieries Workers Union affiliated to the AITUC and Telangana Boggu Ghani Karimka Sangham affiliated to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi have launched campaign through cultural troupes.

The AITUC is also using the latest Mudigonda police-firing incident during the electioneering in the coal belt region.

On Wednesday, TRS legislators -- Etala Rajender and Koppula Eshwar -- campaigned along with their trade union leaders in the coal belt region appealing to voters to cast their vote in favour of Telangana Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham to protect the Singareni, the Telangana pride, from the clutches of privatisation. M. Damodar Reddy, former Minister (TDP) and others campaigned for TNTUC.

Party sources said that TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao would campaign in the Godavarikhani town on August 4 by addressing a massive public meeting.

The trade unions in the fray include Godavariloya Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham (IFTU), Singareni Coalmines Karimika Sangh (BMS), Singareni Coalmines Labour Union (INTUC), Singareni Collieries Employees’ Union (CITU), Singareni Collieries Labour Union (TNTUC), Singareni Collieries Workers’ Union (AITUC), Singareni Ghani Karmika Sangham (UCCRIML), Singareni Miners and Engineering Workers’ Union (HMS), Singareni Telugunadu Trade Union Council and Telangana Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham.

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