Capitalism strikes again
The tragedy happened for precisely the same reasons they continue to occur around the world: Management (and government) invariably put profits above the safety of workers. Once the work of slaves, mining has long been an occupation with enormous health and safety risks. Still, such accidents and disease-inducing conditions could be substantively reduced if the workers themselves were free to determine the level of risk to be faced, and the measures to be taken.
|There is growing anger in Western Turkey over the country’s worst ever mine disaster. At least 299 miners were killed in a deep underground explosion. The mining company and the Turkish government have denied negligence, but that’s only ignited tempers and triggered protests. Holly Williams reports.