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Minister of Social Affairs Jaak Aab acquianted himself with the working conditions of the miners.

On Wednesday, 25th of January 2006, Minister of Social Affairs Jaak Aab visited Ida-Virumaa. The minister visited Ida-Viru County Government where he met with representatives of Labour Market Service of Ida-Virumaa County (former Population Emloyment Service), County Secretary as well as Head of Social and Health Care Department of the County Government. The minister was accompanied by Tiina Ormisson, Director General of the Labour Market Service. At the meeting with representatives in the field of social issues the minister recognized that cooperation between Eesti Põlevkivi and Labour Market Service had been effective up to now.

Mati Jostov , Eesti Põlevkivi Chairman of the Board ,familiarized the minister with social programme for 2000-2005 of the enterprise bearing great social responsibility in Ida-Virumaa. Jaak Aab showed interest in relations between trade union and employer. According to him enterprises should not be afraid of strong trade unions, they should be perceived like partners. In response to that Mati Jostov, Eesti Põlevkivi Chairman of the Board , noted that more than half of employees at our enterprise were members of trade union , strong collective agreement had been concluded the terms of which both Parties were fulfilling , as well as cooperation with trade union was good at our enterprise.

Number of people employed in Eesti Põlevkivi considerably decreased for years. To the minister's question whether the same marked reductions and closures of enterprises would be foreseen like some years ago Mai Jostov answered: "Considerable social outburst won't be expected".

After perusal of social program the minister went to Estonia underground mine to acquaint with real everyday and working conditions of the miners.
Descending into the largest oil shale mine in the world the minister asked how the aid would come to the injured person in case of accident. According to Chairman of the Board at present there is a possibility to enter the mine by cars , so the aid will promptly come in case of need. An ambulance car can directly enter the mine as well.
Jostov assured that there was a mine rescue team specially trained and ready for reaction 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year at the mine. This rescue team is sent to the place of accident immediately.

At the end of his visit the minister considered that working conditions of the miners and labour environment were actually better than he presumed.
After perusal of social program the minister went to Estonia underground mine to acquaint with real everyday and working conditions of the miners.

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