Coal mine tragedy in Turkey

15 May 2014

Following the news of the tragedy unfolding of the death of many hundreds of lives in the coal mine disaster in Soma, Turkey, CESI sends its condolences to the victims, their families and the communities deeply affected by the accident.

Coal mine tragedy in Turkey

Secretary General Klaus Heeger wrote to its Turkish member organisation, Bem Bir Sen, on behalf of CESI to express his condolences, stating: “The coal mine disaster in Soma on 13 May 2014 that has taken the lives of so many people is one of the worst catastrophes that Turkey has recently seen, not only affecting the victims, their families and friends, but entire communities.

This national tragedy reminds us in the most painful way of the importance of effective occupational health and safety tools and their design and control by trade unions at all levels.”