Kazakhstan: New Labor Unrest in Zhanaozen

Employees of Burgylau, a privately-owned well-drilling company, mustering for their morning shifts on September 27, three days before some 2,300 workers at the company downed tools in a protest over salaries and their right to have their interests represented by the union leader of their choice. (Photo: Joanna Lillis)

Disgruntled oil workers crowded into an apartment inside one of the prefabricated blocks that line the streets of Zhanaozen, a town at the heart of Kazakhstan’s oil country. The grievances they shouted over one another sounded familiar.

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: New Labor Unrest in Zhanaozen

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