Persistent Miners: If all Demands are met, we can return to work


After unsuccessful negotiations in past days, the Board of Directors of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) yesterday in Tuzla adopted conclusions that will be forwarded to the authorities today. If the demands are not met by December 1st, the union will schedule a new protest rally in front of the FBiH government headquarters in Sarajevo. Coal production is still suspended, and miners, although ready to work, are not at their job, which creates increasing losses in business every day.

What the Union is asking from the authorities is to accept the request, the adoption of which would mean the end of workers’ disobedience and the start of the production process in all mines that operate within the Concern of Elektroprivreda BiH. If that does not happen by December 1st, the date of the new protests in Sarajevo will be known on December 3rd. The demands of the Union are clear.

“That’s all you had the opportunity to hear these days, as the competencies of the Government and the House of Representatives of the FBiH Parliament are broader than the competencies of Elektroprivreda BiH, there has been an expansion from 9 to 13 points, but these are certain technical issues,” stated Sinan Husic, President of the Independent Trade Union of Mine Workers of FBiH.

The dismissal of the Director-General of Elektroprivreda BiH is the main and first request of the Union of Workers Employed in Mines. The director of Elektroprivreda BiH, Admir Andelija, calls on the union to sign the agreement, in order to, as he claims, stop the blackmail.

“We will sign tomorrow, they will get my resignation, but they must also submit it because they manipulated the people. Let Sinan and Zuhdija come tomorrow and Minister Dzindic and I sign the agreement that they proposed on Wednesday and they will get my resignation,” Andelija said yesterday.

“This is a new modern Husino rebellion. Seven mines have never been more united, “told Zuhdija Tokic, president of the Kreka Mine Union.

Among other things, the miners’ demands are the bridging of service periods, the minimum salary of 1.000 BAM, as well as the preparation of conditions for the reorganization of the energy sector, ie the merger of coal mines in the Federation and thermal power plants into a single company.

Demands will be sent to the Federal Parliament, the House of Representatives, the Government, and the Ministry of Energy, Mining, and Industry. Line Minister Nermin Dzindic pointed out that these problems can only be resolved through social dialogue until a final agreement is reached, and that final solution must not be to the detriment of miners or Elektroprivreda.


Source: Federalna



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