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May 24, 2022

Valea Jiului miners gave up protest

The miners trapped underground in Valea Jiului mines dropped the protests Friday evening after they were given the contract signed between National Mine Closing Company in Valea Jiului (SNIMVJ) and Energy Complex in Hunedoara (CEH). The agreement provides for the takeover of the entire output of coal of the three mines (Paroseni, Petrila and Uricani), included in SNIMVJ, for prices to be computed monthly against an algorithm that takes into account energy market conditions.
‘Besides the agreement, a contract will be signed that provides for the fact that the quantity of hard coal produced by the SNIMVJ will be provided for prices to be established against market prices and a computational algorithm,’ according to Hunedoara County Prefect Sorin Vasilescu. Chairman of the Hard Coal Trade Union Laszlo Domokos says that for the time being, the signing of the protocol does not mean the protest in the underground quarries is over, because he does not know exactly what the document discussed at the Hunedoara Prefectures contains. He says the striking miners need firm guarantees that the hard coal extracted will be taken over and the miners will get their pay unaffected. The latest information was to be presented to the miners, who locked themselves in the underground mines, and decided on their protest accordingly. Nevertheless, four miners from Paroseni locality (Hunedoara County) on Friday went on hunger strike, because they weren’t receiving any guarantees according to which the mine in Paroseni will continue to function until 2018, as specified in the closing programme of this mine in Valea Jiului.
Minister of Economy Varujan Vosganian and Minister Delegate for Energy Constantin Nita empowered people to find a solution to take the coal out of the mines at Paroseni, Petrila and Uricani, said Premier Victor Ponta. He emphasized the fact that the dialogue was important for identifying some medium and long-term solutions and that it was advisable that the situation should be solved by the minister in charge of this sector.

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