August 27th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Italian miners barricade themselves

More than 100 miners have barricaded themselves with explosives inside a carbon mine on the Italian island of Sardinia as they seek to persuade the government to invest in the mine's future.

The strike began Sunday night with 40 miners holed up with roughly 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives. An additional 80 joined them Monday in their position nearly 400 meters (1,300 feet) deep in the Nuraxi Ficu mine, according to Sandro Mereu, one of the workers at the mine and a trade union representative.

"We had a meeting with the regional authorities this morning, but the problem is the central government is not showing interest in the development plans of the mine zone," Mereu said.

Union spokesman Stefano Meletti told Italy's official ANSA news agency Monday that the miners want "political answers" to ensure job security in a region beset by economic woes.

The workers want the government to move forward with plans to relaunch production at the mine, ANSA reported.

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  1. James Bond

    So why do they not just let them blow themselves up, and seal it up, problem solved. next!

    August 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Bond

    Im not so sure about putting on explosives, going into a mine (that their govt doesnt want) and saying give me what i want, or ill do what you want. brilliiant!

    August 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James Bond

    Are they sure they know how to negotiate? oh well, good luck union brothers

    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James Bond

    Pull some earthmoving heavy equipment to the opening and fill it in, then ask if they want to continue negotiations? thought so.

    August 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |