A clash between rival Trade unions over a miner strike in Miike, Japan, Mar 28, ended with 115 people injured, 25 of them seriously.
A clash between rival Trade unions over a miner strike in Miike, Japan, Mar 28, ended with 115 people injured, 25 of them seriously. Fighting occurred when about 2,000 men of the Miike Coal Mines New Workers Union, attempted to break through a line of pickets from the Miike Coal Mine Workers Union, who have called the strike. The strikers are claiming a wage increase.
After they had agreed with the management to return to workmen at the New Workers Union, were on their way to start the first shift. As the two unions came together bamboo poles and stones were produced and the fighting started. Ashes and pepper were thrown into some of the men's eyes.
Several strike-breakers managed to scale the concrete wall around the mine, and were later joined by 1,300 others. About 120 armed police were rushed to the scene and prevented any further fighting.
Production has not yet been resumed at the mine. Union officials are still having talks with the management, but so far they have been unable to get both unions to accept their wage awards.