Jammu: Bhartiya Coal Khan Mazdoor Union, Moughla Kalakote held a rally of coal khan workers which was attended by hundreds of people in the area.
With red flags in their hands, the workers raised slogans urging the government to fulfill their long pending demands.
Addressing the rally Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, President, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, J&K(CITU) and MLA Kulgam said that the neo-liberal economic policies implemented since 90s have broken the back of the working class and down-trodden people across the country the net result of these policies have led to hundreds of thousands of farmers/peasants committing suicide as they are not in a position to liquidate their loans raised from financial institutions/money lenders.
Working inside coal mines is both health hazardous and risky, as such, the government and the management must come forward to fulfill their long pending legitimate and genuine demands which include regularization of casual labourers working for more than 15 years, he urged that these workers should be brought under the ambit of Skilled Category for payment of wages notified under Minimum Wages Act by the State Government, he said.
In his address Om Prakash General Secretary, CITU demanded that JK Minerals Ltd. should be merged with Geology and Mining department as the former lacks adequate mining engineers, qualified mining man-power and machinery as a result of which the organization has not been functioning properly.
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