Miners demand higher wages and lower retirement age on Workers Day

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 1, 2019 08:16

Miners demand higher wages and lower retirement age on Workers Day

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  • Miners called on the government to grant them a status that has been missing to their dangerous occupation for 15 years and raise their pensions, which they consider ridiculous.

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TIRANA, May 1 – Tens of miners protested on May 1st, during Workers Day, in front of the Prime Minister’s Office demanding the approval of the miners’ status, which has been promised to them for years, but still hasn’t been voted in parliament.

Miners called on the government to grant them a status that has been missing to their dangerous occupation for 15 years and raise their pensions, which they consider ridiculous.

“All governments have lied to us regarding the miners’ status. We are in economic difficulty, the pensions we receive cannot even afford us medicines. We have been working under the ground for thirty years. The government should consider our demands,” they said.

Miners’s protests also took in place in Pogradec.

The Ministry of Energy has announced that it is working on drafting a special status for miners, based on the latter’s requirements since March 2017.

Some of the miners’ main requirements are a minimum wage of at least 70,000 ALL per month, the benefit of pensions for miners and their families in case of accidents in the workplace, the increase of the retirement wage and reduction of retirement age.

Also, miners are demanding the right to receive free medical examinations, and in the case of occupational diseases, for the state to provide free medical treatment.

Currently there are about 8,000 miners and former mining workers. They are one of the shortest life expectancy groups compared to other citizens, as a result of working under difficult conditions in the underground.

Due to these dangerous working conditions, only in the recent months, at least eight miners have died and dozens have been injured.

The last case occurred one week ago, when a miner died and another was injured at the chrome mines in the village of Ternove, in Bulqiza.

The cause was the spread of poisonous substances in the gallery after a dynamite explosion.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 1, 2019 08:16