The employees of Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine have gone on a strike demanding a pay rise for already 4 days. The negotiations with the combine administration haven't given any result.
Agarak Town Municipality Press Secretary Mariam Tsatryan said in her interview with EcoLur, that the strike started when the combine administration stated they were going to raise the salaries by 5%. The process of raising salaries started from the ore processing plant, as it is the most dangerous object and the employees there receive 85,000-90,000 AMD. 'This caused a reverse effect. The employees demanded to raise the salaries by 30%. The complaints started from the ore processing plant and with a chain reaction was spread to other workshops.' General Director of Combine Andrey Sinyakov and Meghri Community Head Mkhitar Zaqaryan had a meeting with the employees, while the General Manager said, if they raise the salaries by 30%, they will have to shut down the combine. It has been proposed to increase the salaries of 100,000 AMD by 30% and the salaries starting from 100,000 to 150,000 AMD by 15%, and the salaries of over 150,000 AMD by 10%. Nevertheless, the employees didn't agree and insisted that all the salaries in the workshops must be raised by 30%,' Mariam Tsatryan said.
In his turn, Meghri Community Head Mkhitar Zaqaryan called the employees to stop the strike promising to continue the negotiations with the company.
16:25 May 18, 2018