FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 15, 2022
UMWA’s Response to Turkey coal mine explosion, killing 41
[TRIANGLE, VA] In the aftermath of the terrible explosion that killed 41 miners in Northern Turkey, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“The prayers of the entire UMWA membership are with the families of the 41 miners who lost their lives this week in Turkey. It appears that Turkey’s mine safety laws were ignored by company officials, which inevitably leads to lives lost and the destruction of families.
“This preventable disaster not only demonstrates the need for strong mine safety laws worldwide but is also proof that when a company is not held accountable, it will always put profit over the lives of workers. Rest In Peace, Brothers.”