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KVPU: Five miners and trade unionists are on hunger strike at the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

8 August 2016: On 4 August in Kiev, five miners, members of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine from Donetsk region has started hunger strike at the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine. They demand to reimburse salary debts and stable operation and development of state-owned mines.

Three protesters are from SE "Selydivvuhillya” (Ivan Chukov, Victor Trifonov, chairman Oleksiy Soroka) and two protesters are from SE "Krasnoarmiyskvugillya" (Dudnik Alexander and Alexander Karpov). The other leaders of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine stayed with them and supported them.

"Miners don’t believe government’s promises, - said Mikhail Volynets. - Miners and their families are desperate. Their main demand: to pay arrears of salaries and save their job places. Some workers of state mines didn’t get wages in December 2015. Many miners have not received money in May, June and July 2016”.

Today doctors, representatives of the Free Trade Union of Medical Workers, came to the protesters and examined them. NPGU provides miners with necessary medicine. The miners are going to starve until their demands are fulfilled.

Meanwhile, yesterday several mines stopped working: "Ukraine", "Kurakhovskaya", "1/3 Novogrodovskaya", "Russia" (SE " Selydivvuhillya") and "Stakhanov" (SE " Krasnoarmiyskvugillya "). The miners refused to work and started the protest. Today Chervonohrad miners protested in Lviv and blocked the international highway Lviv-Rava-Ruska. They also haven’t received their salaries.

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Central and Eastern Europe , New Independent States , Labour Disputes, strikes and industrial actions , Democracy and Social Dialog , Ukraine , industrial conflicts and actions , solidarity , KVPU
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