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May 17, 2021

Warning signal for the Gov’t: Miners not allowing themselves to be cast out

+ 300 Hunedoara Energy Holding employees blocked themselves underground yesterday

While on the hallways of the Victoria Palace and in other luxury rooms of ministries or other institutions there is loud talking about the restructuring of the mining sector, Jiu Valley miners felt that the Government has them in its crosshairs.

Because of that, yesterday morning around 200 miners blocked themselves in the Lonea mine, dissatisfied with the situation in which the Hunedoara Energy Holding (CEH) finds itself. The miners have asked Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu, who placed the restructuring of the mining sector on the order of the day, to go to the Jiu Valley.

This sector truly needs restructuring, but not necessarily the closing of mines, whose number is dwindling in Romania.

“Miners are saying that they will not come out until the minister comes to the Jiu Valley to tell us what the fate of CEH will be,” Vasile Paduraru, President of Lonea Mine’s Trade Union, stated for Agerpres.

According to him, Lonea Mine’s aboveground employees also ceased working. Padureanu explained that the people are in a “very fiery” mood because they fear CEH’s bankruptcy and the outlook of losing their jobs.

“The people’s state of mind is very fiery, both underground and aboveground, and is the same in the Jiu Valley too. People fear CEH’s insolvency and the danger of bankruptcy. We see bankruptcy knocking at the mine’s gate,” the trade union leader stated.

He added that he will go underground to join his miners, and will return to the surface only to discuss with the miners that will come in later shifts. “Starting on Tuesday I will no longer leave the mine, not until the minister comes to Jiu Valley,” Paduraru concluded.

CEH has 6,300 employees at its coal mines in Lonea, Lupeni, Livezeni and Vulcan, and at its fossil fuel power plants in Mintia and Paroseni. The company is currently undergoing an insolvency procedure.

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