Min­ers join un­der­ground strike protest

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

WAR­SAW: Hun­dreds of min­ers have joined a strike in Poland this week by stay­ing un­der­ground af­ter their shifts in protest as Poland comes un­der pres­sure from the EU to phase out coal mines.

The protest be­gan with around 100 strik­ers in two mines in Poland’s south­ern coal basin of Sile­sia on Mon­day and sev­eral more mines have joined in.

A demon­stra­tion was planned for yes­ter­day in Ruda Slaska, near one of the mines where the strike be­gan, de­spite on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with trade unions.

The unions want the govern­ment to shift its tar­get for phas­ing out coal from 2050 to 2060 and have warned that hasty mine clo­sures will have dis­as­trous eco­nomic and so­cial con­se­quences.

De­pend­ing on coal for 80% of its power needs, Poland ranks among the EU mem­bers that are most re­liant on the dirty fos­sil fuel. There are about 80,000 coal min­ers.

Poland ear­lier this month ex­pressed con­cern over an EU pro­posal to boost a 2030 tar­get for cut­ting green­house gas emis­sions from 40% to 55%.

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