Kolkata:  Officers of the world’s largest miner Coal India Ltd went on a three-day strike today but a company official said that the production is “near normal”.

“The officers are on strike but production is near normal as senior executives are coordinating coal production,” CIL Director (HR) R Mohan Das told PTI.

The Coal Mines Officers Association of India is observing three-day strike demanding implementation of a variable pay system announced earlier and a new pension scheme.

It would be a major achievement for CIL to keep production close to normal. The peak daily production during this period is 1.2-1.3 million a day.

CMOAI president V P Singh claimed that “the strike is 100 per cent successful”.

Only those mines that are managed by contractual workforce are operational, he said.

CIL management has called a meeting with the officers’ body later in the day to resolve the strike issue.

Singh confirmed that CIL had called the meeting.

CIL workers’ trade unions have not supported the strike and expressed their keenness to keep production on track.

“When the economy is in doldrums and Coal India is facing a shortfall in production, strike is not desired at this stage,” All India Coal Workers Federation general secretary Jibon Roy had told PTI.

Workers will maintain production, INTUC general secretary S Q Zama had said yesterday.

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