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Coal miners protest in Kyiv, demand to pay wage arrears, cease coal import from Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The protesters also stand for resignation of Andriy Gerus, the chairman of parliamentary committee for energy issues; they claim his actions resulted in a man-made crisis in the power sector
20:23, 30 June 2020

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A rally of miners took place next to the Presidential Office in Kyiv. Workers of coal mines in western and eastern Ukraine arrived in downtown Kyiv on Tuesday. Mykhailo Volynets, the head of the independent trade union of miners of Ukraine reported that on Facebook.

"A delegation of miners of coal-mining enterprises in eastern and western Ukraine entered the building of the Office of President. Miners stay on the square in front of the building, demanding the government's response to the most burning questions", he said.

Volynets added that the rally members demand to pay wage arrears and cease coal import from Russia. In total, the government has debts before at least five companies, such as Lvivvuhillya, Pervomaiskvuhillya, the mine named after M.S. Surgay, and Pivdennodonbaska mine No.1. The overall sum of these debts made 31.5 million U.S. dollars.

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The protesters also stand for the resignation of Andriy Gerus, the chairman of the parliamentary committee for energy issues; they claim his actions resulted in a man-made crisis in the power sector. Another demand is to resume the work of particular thermal power plants. Some of these were adjusted to work on gas-grade coal instead of the anthracite coal.

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