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Union, chamber blame privatization for Turkish mine deaths

Mine accidents have risen drastically since a change in the Mining Law in 2004 that provided private subcontractors a much larger share in the sector.

ISTANBUL - Radikal Union and chamber representatives are blaming private subcontractors for an accident at the Karadon mine in the northern province of Zonguldak, which has left 30 non-unionized workers trapped 540 meters underground. Mine accidents have drastically risen since a change in the Mining Law in 2004, they said, saying private contractors are at fault

Mine accidents have risen drastically since a change in the Mining Law in 2004 that provided private subcontractors a much larger share in the sector, according representatives from leading Turkish unions and professional chambers.

The fundamental reason behind the rise is the lack of supervision of private firms, "flexible working conditions" and an inability to unionize, according to Mehmet Torun, chairman of the Chamber of Mining Engineers and Rasim Muslu, general director of the Mine Workers' Union.

Torun and Muslu blamed the usage of private subcontractors for an accident Monday in which at least 30 non-unionized miners were trapped 540 meters underground following an accident at the Karadon mine in the northern province of Zonguldak....

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Posted: May 21, 2010

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