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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Miners' Families March Over Wages




KIEV -- Nearly 1,000 wives and children of coal miners from Krasnodon in eastern Ukraine started marching to the region's main town Thursday to protest against their menfolk's unpaid wages, an official said.


A spokeswoman for Ukraine's Independent Coal Miners' Trade Union said that 630 women and 250 children were marching to the town of Luhansk, about 60 kilometers from Krasnodon.


She said it was a spontaneous protest by relatives of people who have not been paid for many months.


Officials from Ukraine's Coal Ministry say miners across Ukraine are owed a total 1.9 billion hryvnas ($478 million).


Protests by miners and their families have become common in the former Soviet state after promises made by the government to pay wages are rarely fulfilled.


Safety standards in the decaying industry are also low.


About 190 coal miners have lost their lives in mine accidents so far this year.