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Ukrainian miners end hunger strike on seventh day

14.11.2016

Miners at the state-owned mine no. 10 Novovolynska in Ukraine have ended the hunger strike they started on 7 November after receiving assurances that their main demand, for unpaid wages, will be met.

On the morning of 14 November, the miners decided to end the hunger strike. Seven days of protest forced the authorities of Ukraine to allocate funds for the payment of salaries for the past three months. As reported earlier, the wage bill for 400 workers of the mine to the end of the year is 12 million UAH, including 7 million UAH to pay the wages owed.

Alexander Gerasimchuk, one of the protesters, member of the local primary trade union organization of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine, says:

“We were promised that a certain sum would be paid today. However, the exact sum I can’t announce. People were exhausted by starvation, which lasted a whole week, so we decided to stop the protest action. I hope that we aren’t fooled”.

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