Over 2,000 miners laid off in Turkey's Soma

301 miners were killed in May in an explosion in a coal mine in western Soma district in Turkey's deadliest mine disaster

Over 2,000 miners laid off in Turkey's Soma

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 2 thousand 850 miners were laid off in Turkey’s disaster-hit Soma, a labor union official said on Monday.

In a written statement Nurettin Akcul, head of the Maden-Is labor union said the miners were made redundant by Soma Coal Enterprises Inc., the company that operates the mine in which 301 workers were killed in May, in Turkey’s western province Manisa.

“We call for all relevant ministries and corporations to take action about the social disaster following a mining disaster in Soma Coal Enterprises Inc., as their legal and social responsibilities require them,” Akcul said.

Meanwhile the company stated that its contract with Turkish Coal Enterprises expired on May 2014, and it is struggling to pay double salaries as compensation after the Soma mining disaster.

“Soma Coal Enterprises Inc. is not able to pay the salaries of the laborers that are not working, after paying them double salaries for six months. It is also legally impossible to continue the contract of the laborers of a coal mine which is not operating.”

On May 13, an explosion in a mine in the western town of Soma claimed 301 lives, making it the deadliest mining disaster in Turkey’s history.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Aralık 2014, 12:28

Muhammed Öylek