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The protest action of the workers of the VostGOK uranium mining mines will continue around the clock

Mining industry / Ukraine

Vostochny Ore Mining and Processing Plant, the only enterprise in Ukraine that provides the extraction of natural uranium and the production of its oxide concentrate, has suspended the operation of mines since December 7.

The protest action of the workers of the VostGOK uranium mining mines will continue around the clock
Фото: Работники урановых шахт Украины перекрыли трассу / М.Волынец / Facebook

Miners of uranium mining mines in Kirovograd region announced an indefinite round-the-clock protest, which will continue until they are paid their wage arrears.

“The protest action in Kirovogradskaya will not stop at night - it will continue around the clock. Protesters - the labor collectives of the VostGOK uranium mining mines speak of their readiness to protest until the central government hears their demands - closes UAH 83 million in wages and restores the operation of the enterprise, ”said Mikhail Volynets, chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine. /p>

On Monday morning, protesters blocked traffic in the directions Kropyvnytskyi-Kiev, Kropyvnytskyy-Nikolaev, Kropyvnytskyy-Kryvyi Rih, Kropyvnytskyy-Alexandria. Miners are letting in special vehicles and intercity minibuses. According to M. Volynets, both drivers and passengers of vehicles express signs of support to the protesters.

Let us remind you that since December 7, the structural divisions of SE "VostGOK" have been put into standby mode. The union said that the suspension of the mines will lead to the bankruptcy of the enterprise in early 2021, as well as to an environmental disaster in the region.

On December 9, a protest action by the labor collective of the SE "Vostok GOK" took place in Kiev. On December 16, the miners blocked three highways: Kropyvnytsky-Kiev, Kropyvnytsky-Nikolaev and Kropyvnytsky-Kryvyi Rih.

Vostochny Ore Mining and Processing Plant is the only enterprise in Ukraine that ensures the extraction of natural uranium and the production of its oxide concentrate. Part of the State Concern Nuclear Fuel. VostGOK employs about 5,000 people, part of the staff are uranium miners.

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