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Coal workers to go on strike on September 24 over FDI in mining

Coal workers to go on strike on September 24 over FDI in mining

Kolkata: Five federations representing over half-a-million workers of Coal India Ltd, along with Singareni Collieries Company Ltd and state-owned coal firms, have called for a strike on September 24, seeking withdrawal of the Centre's decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in mining. In a fresh round of FDI reforms, the Union government has allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in coal mining and contract manufacturing, as part of its efforts to boost economic growth. Major central trade unions, including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS and AICCTU, are supporting the strike. "Except Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) under the BJP, all trade unions have joined the strike call on September 24," D D Ramanandan, the general secretary of All India Coal Workers Federation, said.

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