Over 390 miners protested and stay in mines

Chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Miners, People's Deputy Mykhaylo Volynets said that 393 miners of Batkivshchyna, Hvardiyska, Ternovska and Oktyabrska mines stay underground and demand an increase in wages and better working conditions, Ekonomichna Pravda reports.

“As of 8.30 a.m., 393 workers of the Kryvyi Rih iron ore plant are participating in the underground protest,” he wrote.

According to him, 90 miners of Hvardiyska mine, 60 miners of the Ternovska mine, 214 miners of Batkivshchyna mine and 29 miners of Oktyabrska mine are protesting. The latter have been demanding higher wages and better working conditions for the sixth day.

Volynets also added that readiness to support colleagues with underground and ground rallies is expressed by other enterprises of Kryvyi Rih. Now they are announcing an "Italian strike" (when workers are at their workplaces and punctually fulfill their job descriptions, down to meaningless paragraphs. Usually such a protest causes a significant drop in labor productivity – ed.).

According to Volynts, Ternovska mine started operating at 7 a.m., the administration did not allow the first shift into the mine. Workers say they support colleagues with a protest in the square near the Kryvyi Rih iron ore plant administration building.

The People's Deputy noted that on September 8, representatives of the central office of the State Labor Service should go to Kryvyi Rih due to the fact that workers of the city's enterprises complain about the work of the local State Labor Service, their venality and dependence on local employers.

“We will provide the central office with all the necessary documents – the cases we have recorded, evidence of violations of occupational health and safety regulations and the rights of employees,” the message says.

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