Coal India expects to conclude 11th  version of national coal wage agreement within a month


 Bhubaneswar : Coal India Limited (CIL) is hoping to conclude the eleventh version of the national coal wage agreement (NCWA-XI), within a month, benefitting its 2.38 lakh strong non[1]executive manpower. The next round of talks are scheduled on 19th May.

Pending conclusion an upfront wage cost was provisioned in the accounts every quarter since 1 July 2021, the date of commencement of NCWA-XI. This had a telling effect on CIL’s profit after tax (PAT) in the fourth quarter of FY’23.

Excluding the provision on wage cost due to NCWA-XI, CIL’s Q4 PAT during FY’23 would have been around Rs.9,920 Crores, an all-time high for any quarter till date. On a like to like comparison it would have reflected a robust 40% growth over Rs. 7,071 Crores of Q4 FY’22 instead of 18% shrinkage.

 Although the operational performance was at an all-time high in the last quarter of FY’23 the major reason for CIL’s consolidated profit after tax taking a dip to Rs. 5,528 Crores was the humongous Rs. 5,870 Crore provision made in the quarter ended 31st March FY 2023. Of the total provision of Rs.8,153 Crores charged to profit & loss account on account of wage revision during FY’23, the last quarter alone took up 72% at Rs.5,870 Crores.

Compared to the provisioning of Rs.475 Crores made in Q4 in FY’2022 the expansion was 12.4 times. Such a high provision was necessitated during the quarter because the company had inked a memorandum of understanding under the wage pact recommending 19% minimum guaranteed benefit after Q3 FY’23.

With only other allowances yet to be agreed upon, shaking hands on the NCWA-XI between the company’s management and the unions at the earliest would ease the pressure. The company’s bottom line in the ensuing quarters would be steady with no provisions required in the accounts.

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