Georgian coalminers strike for 13th day to demand better pay

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2016 8:16 AM

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgian coalminers have been on strike for thirteen days to demand an increase in wages and better working conditions.

Over 500 miners from the Dzidziguri and Mendeli coal mines have refused to work, saying their wages have not increased since a 2012 strike, despite the rising cost of living.

The Georgian lari has nearly halved in value to the dollar since 2014, causing inflation and deflating the value of the coalminers' salaries, which range from 400 to 430 laris a month ($222-238).

The Saknakhshiri group, which operates the two mines, said they would consider the question of wage raises in two months if the miners returned to work, but the strikers rebuffed the offer.