Twenty Vostochny Space Center builders go on hunger strike, demand payment of wages

Workers of LLC Stroyindustria-S, a contractor building the Vostochny Space Center in the Amur region, went on an open-ended hunger strike on Wednesday and asked the authorities to help the payment of over 16 million ruble wage arrears for January-March.

Workers of LLC Stroyindustria-S, a contractor building the Vostochny Space Center in the Amur region, went on an open-ended hunger strike on Wednesday and asked the authorities to help the payment of over 16 million ruble wage arrears for January-March.

"We start an open-ended hunger strike at 10 a.m. on April 22 due to the non-payment of wages for the period from January through March 2015, the violation of our rights and the severe financial position of each worker," says a statement to acting General Director Mikhail Terentyev signed by 20 workers and seen by Interfax.

The protesters said the strike would not stop until debts were paid to every signatory to the petition. The protest is being held at the office of LLC Stroyindustria-S in the SU-174 compound.

They have also sent a petition to the Russian authorities requesting their assistance.

"At the moment, the overall wage arrears estimated by our superiors stand at 16.132 million rubles, and the number of workers who have not been paid their wages is 311," it said.

The signatories noted that measures taken and promises made by a number of heads of various structures and supervisory bodies did not bring the desired results and payments were made only when workers went on hunger strikes.

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