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Workers of uranium mining mines in Ukraine are preparing new protests

Mining industry / Ukraine

Earlier, after several days of blocking state highways, VostGOK workers were promised to pay wage arrears and resume the work of uranium mines from January 4.

Workers of uranium mining mines in Ukraine are preparing new protests

The labor collectives of the uranium mining mines of the SE "VostGOK" held a meeting today and decided to start a large-scale protest in the Kirovograd region and in Kiev on January 11 in case their enterprise is not taken out of the idle mode, said the chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine M. Volynets.

Earlier, the administration of the only uranium mining enterprise in Ukraine stated that it is unable to resume the work of the mines that were shut down in early December last year due to lack of funding for the procurement of materials, funds and reagents in sufficient volume to safely restore work on time.

“It is possible to launch mines into production not earlier than 3-5 days after the necessary funds are received at VostGOK,” the administration said, asking the workers to be patient a little longer and not to rebel.

Employees are ready to wait until January 6, when the funds promised by Kiev to restore the work of the state enterprise should be received at the enterprise's account, says M. Volynets. However, if there is no money, part of the labor collective will resume an indefinite protest action on highways of national importance already next Monday.

“Traffic will be blocked in the directions from Kropyvnytskyi to Kiev, Nikolaev, Krivoy Rog, Alexandria. A delegation of miners - uranians in Ingulskaya, Smolinsky, Novokonstantinovskaya will come to picket the buildings of the President's Office and the Ministry of Energy, ”the trade union warns.

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