Artur Martovitskyi: We must provide Ukrainian coal miners with jobs and decent wages and stop buying coal in Pennsylvania and South Africa

Artur Martovitskyi: We must provide Ukrainian coal miners with jobs and decent wages and stop buying coal in Pennsylvania and South Africa

Ukraine has got both human potential and natural resources for the dynamic growth of the coal mining industry. Thus the top priority for Oleksandr Vilkul after becoming the President is to lead the coal mining industry out of the crisis and provide decent wages to Ukrainian miners. Artur Martovitskiy, the MP from The Opposition Bloc, made this statement during the Forum for Support and Development of the Coal Mining Industry which was held in Kyiv on February 25, 2019. This event gathered representatives of coal mines and other enterprises of the mining industry as well as trade unions and industry experts.

According to Mr.Martovitskiy Ukraine has enough coal deposits for 500 years. “If the coal production rate remains at the level it is today or even increases up to the level we had 15-20 years ago (43-50 million tons per year), we have enough deposits for 500 years“, - the MP stated.

He is convinced that Ukraine cannot stop using coal-fired power stations in the nearest future.

“We might be prioritising wind farms, or solar power plants, or biogas plants, or any other renewable power sources. But the global practice as well as European one prove that it is impossible to stop using coal-fired power stations altogether. The coal provides power to the thrusters and is nearly irreplaceable in the situations when neither solar, nor wind energy can be extracted. In other words we have got coal deposits but we haven’t got competitive markets“, - the MP added.

Mr.Martovitskiy clearly states that Ukraine has both human potential and natural resources for the dynamic growth of the coal mining industry.  The main priority is to stimulate the extremely hard work of coal miners.

“They are currently creating the competitive market for natural gas. Perhaps the ministry understands this particular market a little bit better. But for whichever reason we still have no free market for coal and thus no means to stimulate the work of coal miners which is known to be extremely hard“, - the MP added.

According to Mr.Martovitskiy the candidate for President from The Opposition Bloc - The Party for Peace and Development, Oleksandr Vilkul, has developed a detailed Program to lead the mining industry out of the crisis.

“Our main objective is to rekindle in the hearts of people the motivation to stay and work in Ukraine. When Oleksandr Vilkul became the GM of the ore dressing plant in Kryvyi Rih he also inherited ginormous debts in wages. The arrears were paid in full within six months and the production rate was doubled under his leadership. So we know that when the people get the proper motivation, they share the vision for the future. A coal miner should not be going to the capital city, he should not be begging for anything. Just provide him with proper work environment and provide the industry with investments and he will be working. We must stop buying coal from Pennsylvania or South Africa. We must restore peace and develop our own industry. And we are going to make it happen after we win the election“, - Artur Martovitskiy stated.

25 February 2019 15:23
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