Workers in Turkish mining town down tools, demand safety inspections

SOMA, Turkey Tue May 20, 2014 4:29am EDT

SOMA, Turkey May 20 (Reuters) - The main labour union in a Turkish town hit by the nation's worst mining disaster called on thousands of workers to down tools on Tuesday at mines in the region until the sites had been properly inspected.

"We want the mining affairs directorate inspectors to carry out inspections and we will walk out until this has been done," Tamer Kucukgencay, regional head of the Maden-Is labour union, told reporters.

He said the decision affected 3,200 mine workers around the town of Soma. Monday was a public holiday in Turkey and miners have not yet returned to work. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Janet Lawrence)