Komsomolskaya mine (LNR): force suppression of workers is possible

2020-06-10

On June 5, the Komsomolskaya mine workers (LPR) stopped working due to two-month wage arrears. According to the information received from labour activists, the authorities respond with repressions: the mine was blocked by units of the LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs. The town is quarantined, public transport is limited. Mobile connection is not working.

Antratsit Town
Antratsit Town

“Work Control” publishing house reports that the underground strike at the Komsomolskaya mine continues. However, in the morning of June 7, the quarantine was declared throughout the Anthracite district due to the “threat of the spread of COVID-19.” According to “Work Control”, all their attempts to contact the representatives of the strikers were unsuccessful. Both mobile operators serving the region were apparently disconnected. The administration of GUP Antratsit refuses to comment on the situation. According to information received by “Work Control”, this morning the editorial office received a message: “The MGB is going for the strikers,” after which the connection was interrupted.

The wives of the strikers
The wives of the strikers

This is not the first strike of the Komsomolskaya miners. In April, they already suspended work due to wage arrears. At that time, the workers managed to achieve their goal and received all debts until March. However, now the debt has accumulated again in April and May. Judging by the incoming information, this time the administration of GUP Antratsit is determined not to give the workers money. The capitalists undertook a fraud – the whole mine was administratively transferred to the State Unitary Enterprise “Republican Fuel Company “Vostok-Ugol”. In addition, according to press reports, the management wants to arrange re-certification of workers in order to “officially” lower their salaries and remove those who are not satisfied. But the strike confused all the cards, and it is possible that the employer, together with the local authorities, decided to resort to a forceful solution to the problem created by him.

During the same days, another mining tragedy occurred in the neighboring “People’s Republic”. In the mines “Cold beam” in Makeyevka and “Komsomolets Donbass” in Kirovsky, rockslides occurred. One miner died, two others were hospitalized, their condition is unknown.

Coal
Coal

Hard labor, everyday danger to life, injury and death are constant companions of miners in Russia, Ukraine, and in the so-called “people’s republics.” According to one of the miners in Luhansk region, criminals and corrupt officials rule the industry, and the real salaries of miners fluctuate around 6-7 thousand rubles.

Whatever words and flags may hide behind capitalism, it always remains an inhuman system.