Rome: Around 40 mine workers have occupied a coal mine on the Italian island of Sardinia, demanding investment in a 200 million euro project.
The workers at the mine belonging to Carbosulcis di Nuraxi Figus are 400 metres below the ground.
A load of coal has been dumped at the entrance of the mine, making access possible only by foot.
Sardinia, once one of Italy`s most active mining areas, has seen the sector dying as companies board up shafts and move elsewhere to extract valuable minerals.
Reports said US aluminium giant Alcoa will close a smelter in Sardinia if it cannot find a buyer, leading to a loss of 500 jobs.