Bosnian coal miners announce new protest, production in mines still on hold

NEWS 26.11.2021 14:06
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Source: Protest rudara ispred Federalne vlade (F.Z./N1)

Bosnian state power company 'Elektroprivreda BiH' refused the deal proposed by coal mineworkers union from the Federation (FBiH) entity, who held a two-day strike this week in front of the seat of the FBiH government, protesting over employment conditions. They also halted the production in seven mines that operate within the 'Elektroprivreda' company.

Union representative Sinan Husic said that the production in mines will remain on hold.

“We have been expecting calls and agreement since this morning but apparently this will not happen,” he said on Friday.

Some of their demands include determining a minimum wage of 500 euro, full compliance with the collective agreement as well as resignation of ‘Elektroprivreda BiH’ general manager Admir Andelija.

The miners announced a new one-hour strike on Friday at 6 p.m. in the towns where the seven mines have their offices.

Following the announcement, Bosnia Presidency Chairman and the leader of the Democratic Front (DF) party Zeljko Komsic invited the Elektroprivreda general manager Andelija – who is a DF member, FBiH energy, industry and mining minister Fadil Novalic and FBiH prime minister Fadil Novalic to resign over this situation.

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