Turkish unions call national protest strike after mine disaster

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By Ece Toksabay SOMA, Turkey (Reuters) - Four Turkish labor unions called for a national one-day strike on Thursday in protest against the country's worst industrial disaster that killed at least 282 people in a coal mine in western Turkey. Representing workers in a range of industries, the unions are furious over what they say are poor safety standards since the formerly state-run mine in Soma, located about 480 km (300 miles) southwest of Istanbul, was leased to a private firm. \"Hundreds of our worker brothers in Soma have been left to die from the very start by being forced to work in brutal production processes in order to achieve maximum profits,\" a statement from the unions said. \"We call on the working class, laborers and friends of laborers to stand up for our brothers in Soma,\" it said, urging people to wear black.