Production and dispatch remained largely unaffected at all the 65 mines of Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL), Eastern Coalfields (ECL), SAIL and Tata Steel on the first day of the two-day nationwide general strike sponsored by central trade unions in protest against the Union government’s alleged anti-worker policies.
The reason behind the pleasant surprise is that most mine jobs are outsourced to private companies whose workforce do not owe direct allegiance to any of the five outfits enforcing the shutdown in the state.
The strike, however, had a solid impact on the banking, telecom and postal sectors in the coal capital. More than 285 branches of various PSU banks, offices of BSNL and over a dozen post offices were closed for the day. Read More