Forty miners of the Nadezhda mine in Lviv region have refused to rise to the surface due to unpaid wages. This was announced on Sunday, August 30, by the head of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine Mikhail Volynets on his Facebook page.
He clarified that the workers started the strike the day before.
“Under the ground, 40 miners continue to protest,” Volynets wrote.
At the same time, the Kalushskaya CHPP, which is supplied by the Nadezhda mine, will be able to transfer $ 135 thousand of debt for the shipped coal only on Monday. Another $ 73 thousand within a week can be sent by related organizations – traders.
“From what sources to pay off the remaining debt of almost UAH 56 million (more than $ 2 million – Ed.) Is a question. But this will have to be done – the miners of the enterprise are extremely determined, ”said the head of the trade union.
Ukrainian miners have repeatedly organized rallies in Kiev and the regions demanding payment of wage arrears and protests against the authorities’ intentions to close a number of mines.
In September 2019, Volynets announced that the situation with coal reserves in Ukraine is catastrophic. According to him, there is 54% less coal in the warehouses of thermal power plants than a year earlier.