Three Ukrainian miners, victims of Pavlohrad's methane blast, stay in intensive care

Source : 112 Ukraine

The miners are in the serious condition; another two affected persons remain at the surgery department
14:42, 11 January 2019


Three miners suffered from the explosion of methane at the coal mine in Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk region, stay in the intensive care as Mykhailo Volynets, the Head of Confederation of Free Trade Unions and Independent Trade Union of Coal Miners, reported on Facebook.

“On Thursday, January 10, at 21:15, the blast of methane occurred at the coal mine named after Space Heroes, DTEK Pavlohradvuhillya. Five miners suffered; they were hospitalized. Three miners, who are the members of the Independent Trade Union of Coal Miners of Ukraine, stay in the intensive care in the serious condition. Another two stay at the surgery department,” Volynets reported.

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He added that the investigation takes place.

As we reported, the blast of methane happened at the coal mine in Pavlohrad. The investigation into the accident is underway.

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The hunger strike of Ukraine’s "Selydivuhillia" state holding company employees has been lasting for ten days. For four month of 2018, they have not received their wages, in addition, for the past few years, they have been suffering from mass non-payment of salaries. They did not receive their salary, however, the company has already received funds for the elimination of salary arrears. The monthly wages of the protesters is 115-120 USD. Selydove, a monotown of 23,000, located in Donbas, totally depends on the mining industry; local mines extract power station and cocking coal. Systemic lack of salaries heavily hits the town’s life. During 2018, the mine workers protested near Ukraine’s parliament, went on hunger strikes, blocked the highways, and seized some premises of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy. The general situation has not improved there.

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