Macedonian Railways Unsafe, Workers Say
Skopje | 26 March 2010 | Sinisa Jakov Marusic
A tragic train crash could happen in Macedonia at any moment because of the drastically worsened traffic safety situation, the Union of Mechanical Engineering Staff at the state-owned “Macedonian Railways” has warned. “With all of our credibility at stake we wish to warn the public and the authorities about the frequent flaws and defects that our trains face,” the head of the union, Risto Pejovski, told a press conference. He argued that the institutions in charge remain deaf to the union’s pleas and do not provide sufficient funds needed for maintenance.
Pejovski contended that the recent incident in which a train locomotive of “Macedonian Railways” en route from the capital Skopje to the western town of Kicevo derailed, leaving eight injured, was not a mere unfortunate event.
The workers responsible for maintaining that track were not doing their job, he said, because they were sent on forced vacation by the management.
The union complained that the management did not pay even the smallest sum for the life insurance for the locomotive drivers, which they said is a must in such a high risk job………