Mine talks may hap­pen

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Energy Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis said yesterday he would be will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Hel­las Gold min­ing com­pany to set­tle the dis­pute over the Halkidiki mines but only if the firm re­vokes its de­ci­sion to sus­pend work­ers.

Dozens of min­ers have been forced to sign agree­ments whereby they ac­cept only 50 per­cent of their wages for the next three months and then face the prospect of be­ing left with­out a job if the mines do not re­turn to nor­mal oper­a­tions.

Sk­ourletis in­sisted yesterday that the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend the tech­ni­cal stud­ies for the Sk­ouries and Olympiada mines does not mean that the whole pro­ject should grind to a halt, trig­ger­ing job losses.

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