Bobov Dol, a small mining town in western Bulgaria, is in the news again. And news from Bobov Dol is never good, it seems. This time, approximately 130 miners started an underground strike. According to Bulgarian media reports, the management of the mining complex announced layoffs of a total of 700 miners, since the Babino mine was not efficient and too expensive to run.
The workers on strike want to make the mine owners re-inspect the coal reserves and continue production, according to a union official.
Western Bulgaria is an extremely poor region. Apart from the mines around Bobov Dol, there are hardly any employers.
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