Steelworkers Suspend Hunger Strike

Russian Steelworkers Suspend Hunger Strike Over Wages

Sixteen Russian steelworkers have suspended a hunger strike over wages after management agreed to some demands, but threatened to resume the rare show of dissent over spreading economic hardship.

“ESTAR agreed to pay 30% of the sum they owe the workers by 18 March 2009,” protest organizer Alexander Negrebetskikh said. “We are suspending the hunger strike, but if they fail to pay, we will resume.”

The strikers at private steel group ESTAR’s plant in Zlatoust, a Ural mountains city of 200,000 that was home for centuries to traditional ironworks, want better pay for workers furloughed as the plant’s workload drops.

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