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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Workers at 2 Ports Mull Strike

ST. PETERSBURG -- Dockworkers at two of the country's largest ports, Tuapse and St. Petersburg, will go on strike in November if their demand for higher pay is not accepted, the ports and trade union officials said Monday.

The results of the negotiations between the workers and the ports' management are expected to be announced by Nov. 1.

"Trade union organizations decided to initiate a strike from Nov. 5," the web site of the Black Sea Tuapse port, used for shipments of refined oil products and other cargoes, announced Monday.

Tuapse's dockers are demanding an increase of their salaries by 20 percent and threaten to hold an open-ended strike, a port administration source said.

The port annually exports 14.5 million tons of fuel oil, gas oil and gasoline from the Tuapse Refinery, owned by the country's largest oil firm, state-controlled Rosneft.

It also ships 5.5 million tons per year of grain, coal and ferrous metals from Novolipetsk Steel, or NLMK, which has a 69.5 percent stake in the port.

Dockers in the Sea Port of St. Petersburg threaten to go on strike Nov. 13, the port's union said.

"We demand our salaries are raised by 30 percent," head of the port's trade union Alexander Moiseyenko said.

Average wages for dockers in St. Petersburg, according to the Port Authority, were more than 33,000 rubles ($1,330) per month, and more than 35,000 rubles in Tuapse.