Turkish miners join general protest by unions

Miners quit working for one hour on Wednesday in Karadon mine in the northern province of Zonguldak where 30 workers were killed in a collapse last week.

Turkish miners join general protest by unions

Miners quit working for one hour on Wednesday in Karadon mine in the northern province of Zonguldak where 30 workers were killed in a collapse last week.

The miners quit working to draw attention to the disaster in Zonguldak as well as the problems related to work conditions of miners and the situation of Turkish Tobacco and Liquor Administration (TEKEL) workers.

The miners also extended support to the general protest organized by Turkish Confederation of Labor Unions (Turk-Is), Revolutionary Labor Unions Confederation (DISK), Confederation of Public Workers' Unions (Kamu-Sen) and the Confederation of Trade Unions of Public Employees (KESK).

Turk-Is Director General Mustafa Kumlu said that mining was an indispensable sector, adding that it was the responsibility of employers to reduce the risk to minimum level.

Meanwhile, DISK member workers also quit working for one hour in Istanbul.

DISK Chairman Suleyman Celebi said that workers would not remain silent to injustice and bad work conditions, adding that they would struggle against insecure work conditions.

Celebi added that only five percent of workers in Turkey were union members.


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