Miners working in Coal Mines in BiH started Hunger Strikes, Two Miners in difficult Health Condition

Two miners from the Stara Jama Pit and one from Stranjan were transported to Zenica Cantonal Hospital on Tuesday night, due to worsening health.

Together with their colleague, who was transferred to the hospital a little earlier, a total of four miners felt the effects of a hunger strike, N1 reported.

Miners of the Zenica Coal Mine decided on Tuesday to stay in the pits and thus protest the delay in paying wages. More than a hundred miners from the first two shifts entered Stranjani and Stara jama pits during the day, but after working hours they refused to leave and announced that they would remain in the pits until their requirements were met.

They made the decision after negotiations between their representatives and the representatives of the Government of the Federation of BiH, conducted during the day in Sarajevo, were concluded without agreement. The miners also started a hunger strike.

The Zenica mine accounts were blocked due to accumulated tax debt that exceeded the amount of 140 million BAM, so the miners were not paid any income for August.

Federal Minister of Energy, Mining and Industry Nermin Dzindic said after negotiations with the representatives of the miners that the current situation is unsustainable, but stressed that it is not the responsibility of the Government but of the administration of the mines and Elektroprivreda BiH in which they operate.

Director of JP Elektroprivreda Bajazit Jasarevic said after the meeting in the FBiH Government that only one of the three pits of the Zenica mine was produced.

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