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PMG Coal Miners Underground Protests Gain Strength in Poland

Coal News - Published on Thu, 24 Sep 2020

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According to reports in Polish media, the number of miners of the Polish Mining Group holding an underground protest has grown to over 400 according to unionists. Solidarity trade union branch Silesia-Dabrowska said that currently 185 miners are talking part in a protest at the Halemba mine, one of three parts of the Ruda colliery in Ruda Slaska, southern Poland. At the Piast-Ziemowit mine there are 70 underground protesters and at the group's remaining mines around 20 to 30 people. Solidarity said "The protest is rotational in nature, which means that those who remain underground at the end of their shift replace protesting colleagues from an earlier shift. Some of the participants of the campaign have decided to stay underground longer."

The subterranean protest started on Monday in three parts of the Ruda mine in Ruda Slaska: Halemba, Pokoj and Bielszowice, as well as at the Wujek mine in Katowice, southern Poland. On Tuesday, miners from the Piast and Ziemowit collieries joined the protest and on Wednesday, the demonstration spread to the Boleslaw Smialy, Sosnica, Myslowice-Wesola and Murcki-Staszic mines. Miners from other collieries are due to join the campaign on Thursday.

A march has also been announced for Friday through the streets of Ruda Slaska to be attended by representatives of other sectors threatened by EU climate-energy policy. The demonstrators question, among other things, the assumptions of energy policy concerning the tempo of withdrawal from coal as an energy source and investment in gas energy production. They also want support for zero-emission coal technology.

Central Statistics Office announced that production of coal in Poland fell by 15.8 percent year on year in August 2020, reaching 4.24 million tonnes. In the first eight months of 2020, coal production fell by 13.3 percent year on year to 35.79 million tonnes

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 24 Sep 2020
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