Mass industrial action at a coal mining company in Kazakhstan has ended with employers agreeing to an increase in salaries.
The strike was called off overnight on December 14 after management at ArcelorMittal Temirtau agreed to hike pay by 30 percent — considerably short of the twofold increase that the workers had been demanding.
The peaceable resolution of the worker protest will be greeted with relief by the authorities, who have drawn strong criticism in the past for their heavy-handed response to unauthorized strikes.
The 30 percent salary rise is applicable to those workers engaged in high-risk underground labor. Pay conditions for those not working at the coalface are still being negotiated.
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