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In spite of the rain, miners are holding the protest near the Parliament of Ukraine. The wage arrears have amounted up to 900 million UAH.


As it was informed before, miners demand payment of wage arrears and adoption of the Draft Law No. 8362 "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine" On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2018 "regarding the proper financial provision for the state sector of the coal industry", which provides the allocation 2.8 billion UAH as the financial support of the state sector of the coal industry.

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On 5 July group of miners had held a protest near the Parliament of Ukraine, then came to the meeting with the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Igor Nasalyk. During the emotional conversation between miners, trade unionists and the Minister no agreement was reached. At the same time, the Igor Nasalyk, who had complained about the fact that he spent so much time on the miners, did not find anything better than threatening to cause a team of neurologists. In his opinion, some miners "are not in an adequate condition". The Minister even called the police and when it came passed an alcohol breath test and offered miners to do the same. The Chairman of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine and the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine Mykhailo Volynets stated on these charges that miners will wait for doctors and give all necessary analyzes. Also, he demanded that the minister and his deputies do the same.

According to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Igor Nasalyk, 324 million UAH is transferring to the accounts of the state-owned enterprises. However, as of the 10 July, miners from  SEO Selydivvugillia and SEO Myrnogradvugillia didn’t receive any payments. The miners of the mines ‘Kapitalna’, ‘Centralna’ and #5/6 are refusing to work until they get their salaries.

According to the Chairman of the NPGU Mykhailo Volynets, 324 million UAH is not enough even to pay all wage debts for the miners. 

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