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Belarusian Steel Workers Strike after Contested Presidential Vote

Steel News - Published on Tue, 11 Aug 2020

Image Source: Belarusian Steel Works
Belarusian media reported that workers at Belarusian Steel Works in the south eastern region of Gomel have gone on strike over the country’s contentious presidential election that they described as unfair. The Nexta Telegram channel published photographs of workers in BMZ uniforms standing around at one of the plant’s units and reported that the workers called on supporters from other factories to join them in striking. The workers went back to work a few hours after the partial suspension, opting to send a letter to Minsk urging to hold fair elections, Russia’s Dozhd television channel reported. Their employer was reported to have vowed not to punish or fire them.

Belarus’ longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed an overwhelming victory after Sunday’s vote, while his main challenger said it had been rigged and called on him to give up power. Major clashes broke out between pro-opposition protesters and law enforcement officials in Minsk and other cities after the vote.

The plant employs around 11,000 people and is one of the five largest companies in Belarus in terms of output.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 11 Aug 2020
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