More coal workers killed in Pakistan

Last week, four workers were killed deep inside the Sanjdi coal mine near the city of Quetta, Balochistan province in Pakistan, due to a build-up of poisonous gases. Labour activists have long complained of the poor working conditions that they have to endure, the lack of proper protective gear, and of no compensation payments for injuries. This week, in a similar workplace incident, three more coal miners were killed at a mine in Harnai district, also in Balochistan. In many countries around the world, the coal industry has an appalling safety record with mine owners routinely disregarding workers’ lives.