At least 30 maintenance workers were killed on Wednesday 1 November when a boiler at the Unchar thermal power plant, in Uttar Pradesh, India suddenly exploded. Eye witness reports indicate that the escaping gas and steam were so hot they would have melted many of the workers. Another 100 workers were injured, many with severe burns. The Indian Government has ordered an enquiry into the explosion and has already promised payments of 2,000,000 Rupees for the next of kin of those killed in the explosion. Industrial incidents like these once again reinforce the need for strong, independent unions to ensure that workplaces are safe.
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