Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bangladesh coal workers finish strike

More than 1,100 striking workers at Bangladesh's state-owned Barapukuria Coal Mine Co Ltd (BCMCL) have returned to work after their demand for demand higher wages and shorter hours was met. The five day strike affected coal production at the Barapukuria mine, 415 km north of the capital, Dhaka.

"All the miners have resumed work with satisfaction as their basic demand to raise wages was fulfilled," the company's CEO, Mohammad Kamruzzaman, told Reuters. "We have agreed to raise the wages of the miners by 22%," Kamruzzaman said by telephone from the coal mine site.

The coalfield produces about 2,000 t of coal a day, supplying two power plants with a total capacity of 250 MW. CMCL developed the coal field with technical assistance from Chinese coal firm China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation.

Bangladesh has six coal fields with around 2.55 Bt of reserves.

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