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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

28 Sailors End Strike

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- Twenty-eight crewmen on a Russian ship that carried salt from India to the Philippines have ended a weeklong hunger strike protesting pay cuts, crew members said Wednesday.

Sailors on the Vitaly Kruchina launched the hunger strike July 25, five days before arriving in Zamboanga in the southern Philippines, chief mate Georgy Alexenko said.

Alexenko said their employer, Ocean Inter-Business, based in the Russian town of Nahodka, had cut their salaries by 20 percent. He said they only drank water during the hunger strike.

The crewmen ended their hunger strike Monday after Ocean Inter-Business promised to pay what had been deducted from their paychecks, he said.

Ship captain Valery Arestov refused to comment.