Workers of uranium mines again blocked the roads in the Kirovograd region of Ukraine in protest because of non-payment of wage arrears. This was reported on Wednesday, July 14, by the head of the Independent Trade Union of Mineworkers, Mikhail Volynets, on his page on Facebook.
According to him, the strikes began on July 8. Then the miners of the mines “Smolinskaya” and “Novokonstantinovskaya” blocked the traffic near the urban village of Smolino in Kirovograd region, demanding to receive their wages. The next day their ranks were joined by employees of the Inhulskaya mine.
“Near the village of Pokrovske and the settlement of Smolino in Kirovograd region a protest action of employees of the state enterprise “VostGOK” continues. People demand from the authorities and the administration of the enterprise to pay their salaries and find ways to withdraw the state enterprise from the crisis, ensuring its stable work,” Volynets wrote.
Workers of this enterprise held a similar action in June in front of the presidential office in Kiev. In December 2020, miners from VostGOK’s units also blocked traffic on roads that connect Kropivnytsky (formerly Kirovohrad) to Kiev, Mykolaiv, and Kryvyi Rih in Dnipropetrovsk Region.
In early September of the same year, Ukrainian miners from the city of Kryvyi Rih went on strike because of wage arrears and poor working conditions.