Yesterday evening in the mine ‘Novodonetska’ of Ltd ‘DTEK Dobropilliavuhillia’ the methane explosion occurred. 29 miners were at the affected section of the mine. As a result, four miners got serious injuries. All four injured are members of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine.
In Kryvyi Rih miners from the Public joint stock company Kryvyi Rih Irone-Ore Combine (KZRK), PJSC ‘Evraz Sukha Balka’ and PJSC ‘ArcelorMittal-Kriviy Rih’ are fighting for raising salaries. Nearly 300 miners of two mines of PJSC ‘Evraz Sukha Balka’ are protesting inside mine. The workers of PJSC ‘ArcelorMittal-Kriviy Rih’ held a protest today morning.
On 1 May the representatives of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU) held protest in Kryvyi Rih. It was joined by the workers and trade unions of enterprises: 'EVRAZ Sukha Balka', 'Kryvyi Rig Iron Ore Combine', 'ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih' and 'Kryvyi Rih Mining Equipment Plant' etc.
Yesterday, on 7th November, 50 miners from the state mine №10 ‘Novovolynska’ started a hunger strike. Today they are continuing to protest.
According to Mykhailo Volynets, Head of the NPGU, the miners of Lviv oblast will carry out a set of protests on the 21st January 2016 if the salary debts are not reimbursed. The salary debts amount to 120 million UAH. The protest activity will be discussed tomorrow at the Trade Union Committee meeting. Mykhailo Volynets will be part of the meeting.
Starting from the 26th August 2015, the coal miners of Selidivvugillia have been on strikes. The miners and their families took to the streets of Selidiv town and blocked the roads, requesting their salaries’ payment. Independent Trade Union of Coal Miners of Ukraine (NPGU) supported the protests.
The NPGU Youth Committee of the Western Donbas are indignant at lawlessness and pressure on the trade unions and their leaders who carried out a number of protest actions and demonstration in April-June 2015. With slogans “We live in a democratic country!” and “Stop pressure and persecution!” the young NPGU (the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine) members organized a flash mob in social media.