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Coal strike called off after meeting between workers union and Piyush Goyal

Coal strike called off after meeting between workers union and Piyush Goyal

The coal strike was called off on Wednesday after a meeting between workers of state-run miners and Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

New Delhi: The coal strike was called off on Wednesday after a meeting between workers of state-run miners and Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

Over 75 per cent of India's daily coal output was hit as the five-day strike by workers of state-run miners entered the second day on Wednesday, raising fears of disruption in power supplies.

Coal Minister Piyush Goyal met coal union leaders to resolve the issue. This came after negotiations between the trade unions and government officials failed on Tuesday night.

Besides Goyal, those involved in the discussions included Coal India Chairman Sutirtha Bhattacharya and senior Coal Ministry officials.

As many as 290 out of 438 coal mines of state-run Coal India Ltd (CIL) were shut because of the strike, which is being termed as the largest industrial action in four decades, while many other mines across the country had also been hit.

first published:January 07, 2015, 21:59 IST