Poland’s PGG holds talks on mine closure plan

Poland’s biggest coal producer PGG has started talks with trade unions on a package of mine closures and pay cuts, measures the company said were designed to help it overcome the effects of the coronavirus crises.

PGG could close the Ruda and Wujek mines, which employ a total of 7,700 people and produce over 5 million tonnes of coal annually. PGG has not yet disclosed details of the restructuring plan but the government was seeking deep cuts in coal output and the closure of a number of mines. PGG has been hit by falling demand for coal, lower prices, and by the rising number of coronavirus infections, which led to the temporary closure of some mines in June 2020.

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