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Hundreds of miners went on strike in western Georgia

2012-10-15 16:17

Miners went on strike in city of Chiatura, Imereti, in the west of the country. About 400 people take part in the strike. This was reported by the Interfax referring to representative of the coalition "Georgian Dream" Malkhaz Tsereteli.


Participants of the strike have gathered outside the office of "Georgian Manganese", the owner of the plant "Chiaturmarganets" since 2007, developing local deposits of manganese ores. They require management to improve their working conditions and increase wages. Salaries of the local miners currently range from 250 to 300 lari (about 150-180 dollars), and the salaries of the drift miners amount 600 lari ($ 350).

According to the report, representatives of the city administration have already met with the miners. "They are waiting for a meeting with a representative of the investor, after which a working meeting and consideration of strikers' demands will take place", the representative of the "Georgian Dream" said.

As recalled by the, the strike in Chiatura began three days after a similar action organized by the workers of the coal mine n.a. Mindeli in the Georgian town of Tkibuli, located in the west of the country. The miners claimed that they had information about the intention of the management to cut their salaries. In this connection, the strikers demanded to maintain current salaries, as well as to consider an increase.


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