Wages uncertain for Chile`s trapped miners
Santiago: The 33 miners who are trapped 700 metres underground in northern Chile are not sure they will get paid in the coming months, a trade union spokeswoman said.
Evelyn Olmos, spokeswoman for the trade union at the San Jose mine in the Atacama desert, met on Wednesday with the legally appointed auditor for the mine, Maria Ried.
"She said wages are guaranteed until September, but she gives us no certainty after that," Olmos said.
The San Esteban mining company, which owns the mine, insists that it is bankrupt and has no funds to pay the wages.
The miners have been trapped since the shaft they were working in collapsed on August 05.
They were isolated from the outside world for 17 days, and while they are now getting water, food, oxygen and messages through small ducts, and have telephone, power and television lines, they are not expected to be rescued until October or November.
The government is working to get the San Jose miners who are not trapped underground new jobs.
Rescue teams are now within less than 400 metres of the trapped miners.
Once a larger shaft has been bored, with a diameter of 60-70 cm, the miners are to be lifted to the surface one at a time. A module carrying the miners could take up to an hour to reach the surface, and the miners will need to be blindfolded to avoid hurting their eyes.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- President Mukherjee inspect International Fleet Review at Vishakhapatnam
- Divyansh's death not an accident, but a murder?
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: How realising the purpose of life gives you direction
- Was Divyansh sexually assaulted and then murdered?
- India takes inspiration from Iran; sets up 'Hanger of Kindness' in Delhi
- VIDEO: Mohammad Amir's hat-trick in Match 2 of PSL 2016
- Oh so cute! PM Narendra Modi pulls Akshay Kumar's son Aarav Kumar's ear!-- See pic
- Muslim personal law can't be subjected to scrutiny by Supreme Court: Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind
- Ryan child death: Sexual assault allegations should be probed, says Manish Sisodia
- Not Delhi, but Varanasi and Muzaffarpur the most polluted cities in India