Singareni’s striking miners offered double wages

September 24th, 2011 - 12:02 am ICT by IANS  

Telangana Hyderabad, Sep 23 (IANS) In an attempt to woo back striking employees, the state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) Friday offered double wages for workers who return to work from Saturday.

The management of Singareni said every employee who resumes work will get double wages for one day’s work.

The offer was made as coal production remains paralysed for 11th day due to the indefinite strike by about 70,000 employees as part of the “people’s strike” demanding a separate Telangana state.

On a normal day, the company produces 120,000 tonnes of coal from 50 mines spread over the districts of Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Adilabad, but due to the strike, it is not producing even five percent of that quantity.

The Singareni management said only 5,069 tonnes of coal was produced Friday.

This situation has badly hit power generation at thermal stations, forcing the authorities to impose daily two- to eight-hour power cuts for domestic sector in Telangana.

From Friday, one-hour cut was imposed even on agriculture sector. It means farmers who were supplied free electricity for seven hours every day will now get it for six hours.

The offer of wage hike by the company evoked strong condemnation from the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which accused the government of trying to create division among employees.

In another development, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy directed officials to make arrangements for the payment of salaries on Sep 29 to the government employees who were not participating in the strike.

The government has already decided to implement “no work no pay” rule. Over four lakh government employees, teachers and workers of state-owned Road Transport Corporation are participating in the strike.

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