Thousands of coal miners employed by a state firm demonstrated for a fourth day in western Romania today over low pay and working conditions.
They mounted their latest protest after talks with managers broke down.
The workers are demanding that the state-owned company, which employs 7,800 people at seven mines, delivers on a January agreement that awarded them a 10 per cent wage rise.
They said they would walk the 205 miles from Petrosani to Bucharest but were foiled by police who blocked a bridge leading out of the city.
And workers in Romania's mining industry face an even bigger fight in coming years.
The government has agreed with the International Monetary Fund to sack 3,300 mineworkers by 2018 in return for loans.
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