26 July, 2012Mining & Metallurgical Workers Union (MMWU) branch at Novolipetsk Steel became a rallying point for collecting humanitarian aid to the victims of the devastating flood in southwestern Russia.
On 7 July the flood hit three cities in southwestern Russia, Krymsk, Novorossiysk and Gelendjik, destroying 7,200 homes and killing over 170 people, according to official information.
Workers from Novolipetsk Steel itself and other plants in the Lipetsk area brought various supplies to the MMWU office, including clothing, tinned foods, bedding items, water, washing agents and other essentials to be sent to Krasnodar area. Somebody also brought a kids bike, which might not be an essential, but is still important as a symbol of life getting back to normal. MMWU reports that Motor Vehicle department workers were most active in bringing aid.
The union also collected money to help the victims. Workers brought 112,000 roubles (3,400 USD) during the first day. Metal waste processing department alone collected 80000 roubles (2,400 USD).
MMWU branches in other areas also took part in the humanitarian effort. For example, union at Severstal in Vologda area transfered 50,000 roubles (1,500 USD) to the aid account.