15 May 2014

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Economic Freedom Fighters sends its revolutionary condolences to the families and friends of mineworkers in Soma, about 75 miles north-east of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir who have died in the coal mine explosion. It is reported that the death toll now stands at 282, and more bodies are expected as there were 780 people who were working that day.

Hundreds of workers are still trapped underground faced with carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide poisoning, right in the belly of the earth. EFF stands with them in prayer and hope that they will be rescued soon.

The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey has already attributed the accident to safety precautions that have been a public issue in Turkey for some time now. The neoliberal private capital regime that runs mines has no regard for maximum safety measures to avoid loss of life. Its interests are to ensure the maximum extraction of profits often at the absolute expense and disregard of workers’ safety underground. The mines, like here in South Africa are run through casualised and outsourced workers, some of which are unregistered.

EFF stands with the workers and sends its revolutionary support for demands of more safety. Workers must be cared for, not only during times of accidents but all the time to avoid accidents.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson)
Cell: 073 133 3012
Email: [email protected]