In another tragic case highlighting the dangers of coal mining, a wall collapse killed 6 workers while an unknown number of workers are still missing and probably trapped. This disaster happened at the Şırnak Coal Mines, located at the foothills of the Cudi Mountain, in south eastern Turkey. According to official reports, the mine owners had no licence to operate a coal mine in this location. Industrial incidents like these highlight the crucial role that independent unions play in guaranteeing a safe and healthy work environment. So far this year in Turkey, there have been 1,500 documented cases of workers being killed at their workplace.