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To protest against ‘disinvestment and restructuring of state-run Coal India’ workers called for a strike on Wednesday, hitting 50% of day’s production.

Backed up by major trade unions like Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU), the protest turned nationwide to voice their demand of opposition to any further stake sale in India.

Talking about the massiveness of the protest, Jibon Roy, general secretary of CITU said, “The response from the workers is unprecedented. Workers across Coal India and its subsidiaries have joined in the protest.”

Eastern Coalfields, Singareni Collieries Company, Mahanadi Coalfields and Bharat Cooking coal are severely hit by strike. However, South Eastern Coalfields, Northern Coalfields and Central Coalfields are least affected.

Daily output of Coal India is about 1.6 to 1.7 million tones. Workers called out for strike on prime time when the government set a goal to get output of one billion tonnes coal production by 2020. The recorded output was 494.23 million tonnes in financial year 2014-15. Target for current financial year is 550 million tonnes.