Chairman of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine Mikhail Volynets informs that on December 8 and 9 in Donbass - in Myrnograd (Dimitrov) and in Selidovo the protests of miners will continue.
The main demands of the workers are the payment of wage arrears (at "Selidovugol" it is 195 million hryvnia).
“Miners of the largest of the state mines -“ Capital ”SE“ Mirnogradugol ”refused to go down into the mine. A protest action began. Miners are moving towards the city center. From 9.00 a campaign will start - to block the road. The main demand of the miners is to pay off the current wage arrears and ensure stable remuneration for the miners of state-owned enterprises in the future, "Volynets said.
A new outbreak of workers' struggle for their rights in Ukraine began in September 2020 with a strike by miners of Kryvyi Rih, protests by KrAZ machine builders, workers in Sumy, Berdyansk, and Reni. Sometimes they managed to achieve success - paying off arrears or even raising salaries. But over time, wage arrears piled up again, and the purchasing power of the increased wages fell again.
The latest demands of workers in various industries are not so much about the payment of wage arrears, but about changes in the social, economic and political system of Ukraine.
The resolution of the miners of the State Enterprise "Mirnogradugol" - participants in today's protest action sets out the socio-political requirements for the President of Ukraine as the guarantor of the Constitution and for the Prime Minister of Ukraine as the head of the executive branch of government.
Among them are such as ensuring an adequate level of sanitary and living conditions during the winter heating season, stopping violations of workers' rights to assign pensions and receiving appropriate social benefits, preventing the closure of mines of the enterprise, etc.