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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Miners Protest Pay Delay




KIEV -- About 200 Ukrainian miners held noisy protests Wednesday in front of parliament and the president's office in Kiev, while fellow workers marched to the capital to protest wage delays.


The miners banged plastic bottles and work helmets on the pavement and raised placards that said, "You took our health, now take our lives,'' and "No to genocide.''


Most of Ukraine's 400,000 mine workers do not receive their wages on time, which prompts sporadic strikes.


Protest organizers said the workers, who represented two mines in the eastern Donetsk region, were owed more than 17 million hryvna ($4.3 million) in overdue wages and health benefits.


Meanwhile, 170 miners from the Talovskaya mine in Luhansk, another coal-rich region in eastern Ukraine, were continuing their march to Kiev, and have covered more than 100 kilometers since starting out last week, Interfax reported.


The government owes 2.5 billion hryvna ($632 million) to miners nationwide in back wages and benefits.