JUSTICE FOR UKRAINIAN MINERS
Picket outside AGM of EVRAZ Corp
THURSDAY 12 JUNE, 10:30am
Chelsea Football FC, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6 1HS
Protest called by Ukrainian Socialist Solidarity
The Oligarchs of the EVRAZ corporation – exploiters of Ukrainian miners—are meeting for their AGM on Thursday 12 June. NGPU, the Independent Union of Miners of Ukraine in the city of Kryvyi Rih are fighting to end to their slave wages. They are appealing to the labour movement to help them.
The protest on Thursday 12 June outside the EVRAZ Corp AGM is in support of the miners in the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, employed by EVRAZ. They are appealing for solidarity from the workers of Europe. Whilst attention has been focused on the conflict in Ukraine, the social-economic crisis is being overlooked:
- Workers real wages have fallen by up to 50% as the cost of living has risen,
- Miners have received only 15% of their actual pay rates,
- A promised pay rise for miners of 20% turned into a £25 hand-out.
Many miners work for the company EVRAZ, which is based in London. It is owned by the Russian Oligarch Abramov, who is worth $7.5 billion. The CEO Frolov is worth $1.6 billion. In contrast the average wage of a miner is £267.00 per-month! Miners are driven to work harder and harder to raise production. If you refuse to work in dangerous conditions, you get sacked! Behind the glossy image of EVRAZ miners describe their conditions as ‘industrial feudalism’.
The oligarchs who rule Ukraine are one of the main causes of the current crisis. They pay slave wages, pay almost no tax, and hoard vast wealth abroad. Ukrainian workers are enduring, conflict, poverty and austerity. The Miners of Kryvyi Rih are fighting back. They have ensured peace and unity in their community. They are united in struggle against the Ukrainian and Russian Oligarchs, they are demanding a 50% pay rise from EVRAZ to end their poverty.