Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Labor Unrest Hits Maruti, Coal India Operations

Labor unrest continues to plague the Indian industry with workers at the country's top car maker by sales stopping work and resorting to violence, while those at the world's largest coal producer temporarily halted work Monday demanding higher bonus.

Meanwhile, Coal India Chairman Nirmal Chandra Jha said the company will lose 1.2 billion rupees ($24.4 million) in revenue and 1.0 million metric tons in coal output due to a one-day strike by 365,000 workers.
He said the workers are demanding an annual bonus of 23,500 rupees, against the 17,000 rupees paid already by the management despite any substantial increase in coal production.
"We have no plans of meeting workers' demand for bonus," Mr. Jha said. "They had given us one-day strike notice and should come to work from tomorrow."
However, Rajinder Prasad Singh, president of the Indian National Mine Workers Federation, said the Coal India workers may resort to a six-day strike if their demands aren't met.


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