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SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND WORK -RELATED SAFETY CONDITIONS OF COAL MINE WORKERS: THE CASE OF ACHIBO-SOMBO COAL MINING SITE

Chali Etefa, Idris Yeba and Girma Defere
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Chali Etefa: Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Idris Yeba: Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Girma Defere: Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Annals of the University of Craiova for Journalism, Communication and Management, 2017, vol. 3, issue 1, 106-143

Abstract: This study was designed as a descriptive case study to assess the socio- economic and safety conditions of coalmine workers at Achibo-Sombo of Yayo district, Ilu Abba Bor Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia. The main objective of this study was to assess the socio-economic and safety conditions of coalmine workers by focusing on medical benefits, safety measures, employment relationship, labour union, wage/salary and psychosocial state. To this end, the research employed descriptive design guided by mixed research approach. The empirical data was obtained from 70 respondents via questionnaires, focus group discussions and interviews with key informats. Data collected was analyzed using stastical package for social scinence for descriptive statistics then presented in tables and charts in the form of cumulative frequency, percentage, correlation and chi-squire, while the qualitative data were analyzed by cross-analysis methods. The study found that the employment of a contractual nature does not take a formal legal procedure; mine workers were not organized in the form of union to defend/safeguard their interests and rights; lack of appropriate safety measures and health checkups, and low wage/salary. On the basis of the findings, provisions of safety measures, medical benefits, including pre and on job health examination for coalmine workers, issues of minimum wage policy and forming a trade union are serious concerns that should be addressed immediately.

Keywords: socio-economic condition; safety and health; wage; coalmine worker; wellbeing; coal-mining; Ethiopia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H62 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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