Turkey: 820 workers killed by accidents in 6 months, union

23 June, 10:38

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JUNE 23 - Some 820 people were killed in work accidents in Turkey only in the last six months, daily Hurriyet online reports quoting a senior trade union representative as saying after recalling that poor working conditions of coal mine workers in Soma were the main reason of massive casualty on May 13 accident that killed 301 people. "820 workers were killed in accidents only in the last six months. In our talks with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, we have proposed to shut down all mines for three months so that all security precautions, including rescue chambers, could be taken. After that we'll re-open them," Kani Beko, head of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) said at the opening ceremony of Miners' Monument on June 19. Beko said 301 workers were killed because of poor working conditions and outdated equipment. Beko's statement came at the ceremony of the opening of the monument that was renovated by Ankara's Cankaya municipality, after one month of tragic Soma coal mine accident.

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