Fired workers close Afghan Coal offices in Pul-i-Khumri
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Hundreds of coalmine workers of northern Baghlan province on Saturday closed the department concerned in protest against their removal from jobs.
Around 200 workers staged a demonstration for a second time in Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan, and did not allow officers of northern coalmine department to go to office.
The protestors warned they would not allow anyone to work on any coalmine in the province until the national unity government addressed their problems.
Mohammad Jan, one of the protestors, alleged a private company named Afghan Coal had fired more than 580 workers in disregard of their rights over the past 10 days.
“Our protest is aimed at securing our rights; we should be reinstated forthwith; otherwise we will continue our protest,” he warned.
Yar Mohammad, another protestor, said they would close the Afghan Coal company and block the main highway linking Pul-i-Khumri with Mazar-i-Sharif if their demands were not met in the next few days.
However, the Baghlan governor’s spokesman, Mahmood Haqmal, told Pajhwok Afghan News the governor’s house had appointed a delegation a few days ago to assess the situation.
He said the delegation would share a complete report with the governor’s housetoday or tomorrow. Afghan Coal Company officials refused to comment on the issue.