FOCUS: Coal

  • Meeting organised by Kamgar Ekta Committee to oppose privatisation of the Coal industry

    Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) organised a public meeting on January 31st, 2021 on the theme “Unite against privatisation” with the focus this time on the coal industry.

  • Historic Role of Coal Miners

    Coal mine workers in our country are waging a determined struggle against privatisation and have called for a country-wide strike on 18th August.  In this context, it is worth recalling the historic role that coal miners of all countries have played in the development of modern industry and the international working class movement.

    The growth of capitalist industry in the 19th and 20th centuries was based largely on coal as the primary source of energy.  Coal mining is one of the most hazardous occupations.  Diseases and deaths are common among the mine workers. Those who survive face significant health problems and ...

  • Real aim behind coal privatisation

    When profitability of coal mining was low, state monopoly was established
    Now when profitability is high, privatisation is being pursued

    Coal mining is today an extremely profitable industry in India. It has been estimated that there will be an ever increasing demand for coal by different branches of industry. Metallurgical coal (Coking coal) is necessary to run the steel plants. Non coking coal is used by coal-based power plants and by the aluminum, cement and fertilizer industries.

  • Against the False Propaganda about Coal Privatisation

    At a time when workers are organising strikes and other protest actions against the auction of 41 coal mines to private companies for commercial mining, government spokesmen are promoting various so-called justifications. Prime Minister Modi has claimed that his government is “unlocking India’s coal sector from decades of lockdown”.

  • Coal Privatisation and the Opposition of Mine Workers

    Over five lakh workers of Coal India Ltd (CIL) and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. (SCCL) will go on a one day strike on August 18. The unions have served the notice for the strike on August 1. From that day, the workers have launched a program of agitations in the form of work to rule, rallies, gate meetings and pit meetings, culminating in the August 18 strike. This was announced by a joint meeting of five unions of coal workers, affiliated to BMS, HMS, AITUC, CITU and INTUC.

    Coal workers are extremely agitated over the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra ...

  • Opposition to opening of coal sector for commercial mining

    The central government’s launch of the program to auction coal blocks for commercial mining, announced on June 18, is facing massive opposition in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other states in the coal belt of the country.

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