Turkey -Disaster with miners due to poor safety record -May 14, 2014

Hundreds of coal miners were trapped underground after an explosion and fire in Soma (western Turkey) that left almost 300 of their colleagues dead. A blast in the power unit of the mine triggered an electricity cut, making the lifts unusable and leaving hundreds of miners stranded underground.

Hundreds of coal miners were trapped underground after an explosion and fire in Soma (western Turkey) that left almost 300 of their colleagues dead. A blast in the power unit of the mine triggered an electricity cut, making the lifts unusable and leaving hundreds of miners stranded underground. Miners' representatives said that accidents such as the latest one would increase due to privatisations, the increasing employment of subcontractors and a lack of strong unions, all of which they said had led to massive pressure on workers to produce as much as possible for as little cost as possible. Trade unions all over the country organised protest actions against the Soma tragedy. Protestors were brutally attacked by riot police.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/13/turkey-mine-blast-people-killed ...  

http://www.equaltimes.org/profits-over-people-murder-in-the ...  

http://www.industriall-union.org/rising-death-toll-turns-mine-accident-in-turkey ...  

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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