Russian Workers Start Hunger Strike Over Unpaid Wages

Rubtsovsk, Russian Federation (AHN) – 160 workers in Russia have gone on a hunger strike over not being paid in five months. The workers are all employees at the Altai Tractor Factory.

The group says they have no received any wages since December 2009 and plan on rotating their hunger strike in two groups of 80.

A local Communist party official, Sergei Yurtshenko told Russian media the rotation of the hunger strike allows them to continue their protest indefinitely.

The factory workers in the southern Siberian region of Altai claim to be owed nearly $3.2 million dollars. They also claim their outstanding wages were due to them in March.

Workers said that in addition to the unpaid back wages, the plant has been closed due to a lack of orders.

The workers have also started raising money to buy a plane ticket for President Dmitry Medvedev so that “he could come and see what has happened to the city’s plants and factories.”

The workers feel that Medvedvev has the power to get them paid and thereby end the strike.

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