Bulgarian miners stage underground protest over unpaid salaries

Union officials could not say how long the protest would last for.

Bulgarian miners stage underground protest over unpaid salaries

About 40 miners at a Bulgarian lignite coal mine staged an underground protest after being left without salaries for two months ahead of Christmas, a leading trade union said on Tuesday.

The Confederation of Independent Unions in Bulgaria called on the mine's private management to pay the salaries of about 250 workers, but stopped short of supporting the miners' action.

Union officials could not say how long the protest would last for, and representatives of the miners were not immediately available for comment on the underground protest.

The mine, in western Bulgaria, sells about 95 percent of its output to the coal-fired power plant at Bobov Dol but the recently privatised generator stopped buying local coal last October, saying its warehouses were full.

The European Union's poorest member state has been torn with protests in recent weeks with police officers, farmers, students and environmentalists staging rallies against low incomes, rampant corruption and crime.

Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Aralık 2008, 17:57
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