All major unions, excluding RSS-associated BMS (Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh), have joined the strike call, terming the government's assurances to look into their demands and the recent announcements for two-year bonus and hike in minimum wage as "completely inadequate".
RSS affiliates Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh and Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram on Monday strongly opposed a number of provisions in NDA's Land Bill before a Joint Committee of Parliament that is looking into the contentious measure.
The RSS top brass will meet for three days in Nagpur from Friday to discuss 'important' national issues including the emerging political scenario in the country and also elect its new General Secretary.
If the strike continues for five days the inventory levels of the power plants will fall further and that may lead to a power crisis. The unions understand this and are using this as a negotiating tool with the government.
The Supreme Court had in September cancelled allocation of 204 coal blocks, including 42 operational mines and another 32 ready-to-start blocks.
The government currently holds 90 percent stake in Coal India.