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Singareni Collieries Company Limited staff demand arrears

Singareni Collieries Company Limited staff demand arrears
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As many as 53,000 workers of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) have been waiting for arrears (the balance amount of the increased salaries)...

Kothagudem: As many as 53,000 workers of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) have been waiting for arrears (the balance amount of the increased salaries) for the last seven months.

The Coal India had announced that arrears will be payable to the workers before Ramzan, as per the tenth wage board. But the SCCL managements had not issued any statement about the payment of arrears, forcing the workers to agitate.

Though the Tenth Wage Board agreement was made in January 2016, the union leaders consented the agreement on October 5 last year. As per the agreement, the Coal India is paying the arrears from 2016, thus every worker is entitled to get 14 months’ arrears. But they got the arrears for seven months only under the tenth board wage.

The arrear amount was released when the recognised unions’ elections were held in October, 2017. After that balance amount was not paid till date. Singareni Collieries Workers Union (SCWU), affiliated to AITUC, leader Vanga Venkat demanded the SCCL management release of the pending arrears before Ramzan festival. He also demanded 30% share to all SCCL workers in the profit during 2017-18.

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