Head of trade union of Turkey’s Soma, where mine explosion occurred, resigns

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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The head of the miners' trade union in the city of Soma in Turkey's Manisa province, Tamer Kuchukgenay has resigned, Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported on May 26.

Kuchukgenay made the decision after nearly 500 miners of the city held protest actions on May 26, demanding his resignation.

Some 301 people were killed and 486 people were injured following the mine explosion in the city of Soma in the Turkish province of Manisa on May 13.

Work on a draft law on the mining industry is underway in Turkey.

The new draft law will be submitted to the country's parliament in the coming months. No information has been provided about the details of the draft law.

Turkey's Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security began the work on the draft law following the mine tragedy in Manisa province.

In total, there are 740 coal mines and 48,706 miners in Turkey.

Over 3,000 people have been killed and over 100,000 have received various injuries since 1941 to the present day in the mining accidents in Turkey. Some 10.4 percent of the total number of the work accidents occur at mines in the country.

In the first four months of 2014, some 1,235 people have been killed as a result of the work-related accidents in Turkey, 103 of them females.

The previous worst mine accident in Turkey's history occurred in the province of Zonguldak in 1992, killing 263 workers.

Edited by C.N.

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