The parliamentary group of the PCP questioned the government on the two fatal work accidents in the mines of Aljustrel, demanding a national campaign to oversee the mining industry.
MEPs Rita Rato and João Dias say that the party has been monitoring the situation of Almina's workers, who run the local mines, such as complaints about disrespect for workers' rights, health and safety at work and limitation of the exercise of trade union rights.
"The recognition of the specific status of workers in the mining industry as to the rapid and special wear and tear and insanity was achieved with the struggle of these workers over decades. The work done at the bottom of the mine and in the mineral wastes is subject to a high risk of injuries, accidents and serious health problems due to the nature of the mining activity, "says the PCP in the application sent to the Ministry of Labor.
In recent months, Almina reported two tragic accidents, which led to the deaths of two miners. "This situation is of the utmost seriousness, it is necessary to fully clarify the facts, to establish all the responsibilities and to comply with the hygiene, health and safety standards in this mine," said the communists.
The PCP advocates the urgent implementation of a national campaign to monitor and prevent occupational accidents and diseases in the mining industry, a measure that had already been the subject of a resolution presented by the party and approved in the Assembly of the Republic last year.