Tajik Miners’ Wages Increased After Strike Threat

KHUJAND, Tajikistan — Employees at the Zarafshon gold-mining company in northern Tajikistan have been given a pay increase after threatening a general strike last month, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reports.

Some 1,500 Zarafshon employees at the company in Sughd Province staged a protest in early September, warning that they would go on strike unless their wages were increased.

Miner Bobosafar Nematov told RFE/RL that the mine’s management has agreed to that demand and promised to give about a 50 percent increase in the workers’ salaries “soon” and the miners have abandoned their strike plans.

But he said only those miners who have full-time contracts with the company will be eligible for the wage increase.

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