The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the West Bengal government to take necessary steps for ensuring law and order in the state in view of a nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions on Wednesday.
The high court was hearing a PIL moved by a practising lawyer seeking a direction to the state government to make sure that there is no disruption of normal life during the strike.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee also directed the administration to ensure that examinations in colleges and competitive tests are not hampered owing to the strike.
Trade unions INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC along with various sectoral independent federations and associations had adopted a declaration in September last year to go on a nationwide strike on January 8.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Monday said she was all in favour of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and other issues, but her party will not resort to the “cheap politics” of strikes.
Five trade unions operating in Coal India (CIL) and its subsidiaries have served a strike notice against a proposed 5 per cent stake sale in the state miner.
The five trade unions – Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), AICWF and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC)- represent about 90 per cent of CIL’s 383,000-strong workforce.
In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the PSU said: “Five central trade unions operating in Coal India and its subsidiaries have served strike notice for three days with effect from September 23 to 25 against proposed disinvestment of 5 per cent of CIL shares and other demands.”
CIL also said the All India Coal Workers’ Federation (CITU) is understood to have decided to withdraw their three-days strike slated to start September 19, and join other unions in the strike beginning September 23.
CIL, the world’s largest miner producing over 80 per cent of India’s coal, produced 452.21 million tonnes in 2012-13. The threatened strike is estimated to hit output to the tune of more than Rs 500 crore.