“ChelPipe Group” workers protest against “compulsory cultural leisure”


As part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Pipe Metallurgical Company on the territory of the Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant, a theatrical performance called “Production as Art” will be held under the direction of Vasily Barkhatov. Ten shows lasting 45 minutes each will be organized on the territory of the plant within two days (October 30 and 31). For the event, landscaping was carried out on the territory of the plant and a stage was erected.

Meanwhile, this event turned out to be very disappointing to some workers. Instead of material support for the impoverished workers, the owners of ChelPipe decided to organize a performance without asking the workers’ opinions about its necessity. The workers don’t understand why the management has to spend a lot of money on the construction of a new stage, although the company has its own palace of culture intended for such events. There is no data available on the cost of the construction, but we suspect that it was high.

There is no doubt that the cultural needs of the population have to be satisfied. Nonetheless, the fulfillment of people’s material needs is always primary – if there is no means to support a family, it’s senseless to even talk about the leisure time. The salaries of the factory’s workers are low. A lathe operator of “ grade five” can count on 37.8-41.5 thousand rubles a month, a general-purpose machine operator – on 31-34 thousand rubles. After deducting a tax of 13%, the salary of a machine operator will be about 27 thousand rubles. If we take into account the costs of housing and communal services, overhauls and travel, the workers are left with pennies. At the same time, the average cost per square meter of housing in Chelyabinsk is about 46 thousand rubles.

The workers of the Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant deserve much more than the theater from the leadership; they need decent wages and working conditions to live comfortably and take their family to a real theater on Sundays.