ArcelorMittal coal miners protest in Kazakhstan

July 10. Reuters. ALMATY

ArcelorMittal coal miners protest in KazakhstanA group of coal miners working for the Kazakh unit of global steel maker ArcelorMittal (MT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) refused to leave the mine at the end of their shift on Friday, the company said, without elaborating on the workers’ demands.

ArcelorMittal said the protest took place at the Tentekskaya mine, where three workers died last month after part of the mine collapsed. [ID:nLT640869]

“A conciliatory commission is being set up, which will look at all the issues that have come up,” the company said in a statement.

“We do understand the emotions of the people, especially after the recent incident at the mine.”

A spokesman for ArcelorMittal in Kazakhstan said he did not know exactly what the miners’ demands were.

ArcelorMittal, which operates a steel plant in the Central Asian country, also runs several mines to provide it with coking coal.