Zenica miners have suspended work at both mine facilities because of a decision by the Management Board of Zenica Coal Mining Company (RMUZ) to reduce their salaries by about 200 BAM in March, is confirmed to Fena news agency by President of the RMUZ Trade Union Nijaz Vardo.
The first work was interrupted by the miners of the Stara Jama facility, and afterwards in the Raspotje pit.
“The administration complied with the decision to increase the hourly rate to 2.70, but took us the allowances we were entitled to under the Pay Regulations, which has been in effect for the past 10 years.”
The union was neither informed nor given its consent to such a decision, so the reaction of the miners was expected and logical.
“Reducing someone’s salary by 200 BAM in a time like this, especially when the production is 49,000 tons per month, is neither normal nor right,”Vardo said.
He notes that they have had meetings trying to agree on a new Pay Rule, but that no agreement has been reached, the miners believe that the act has been valid until now.