Lvov coalminers protest against wage arrears

More than 100 employees of the Lvivugol state coalmining company held a rally in front of the Lvov state regional administration headquarters on Monday to demand the repayment of wage arrears for this year.

More than 100 employees of the Lvivugol state coalmining company held a rally in front of the Lvov state regional administration headquarters on Monday to demand the repayment of wage arrears for this year.

Protestors banged their helmets against the asphalt, chanting "Wages!" They also held posters reading "Mines must not be closed!" and "Local coal industry won't be destroyed!". They criticized the local authorities and the profile ministry, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Lvivugol's first deputy head Oleh Akimov said that the coalminers had gathered at the walls of the Lvov state regional administration to demand the repayment of wage arrears.

"The wage debt for December was repaid to us a few days ago. We were told that the debt for January would be repaid within tend days. However, we have not received the wages for January and February. The debt amounts to about 190 million hryvni," Akimov said.

Coalminers working in the Lviv region want the demands they advanced during rallies in Kiev to be fulfilled. The regional coal industry must be financed from the state budget and the miners' social problems must be resolved, Akimov said.

The coalminers warned that if the debt is not repaid shortly, the protests would continue.

Lvivugol miners went on strike in early March to protest wage arrears. The rallies were suspended on March 10 after the wage arrears for December 2014 were repaid.

 

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