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Mittal offers 20 percent pay raise to protesting steel workers in Kazakhstan

Mittal offers 20 percent pay raise to protesting steel workers in Kazakhstan

Mittal Steel NV offered a 20 percent pay raise to protesting metal workers at its giant Temirtau mill in Kazakhstan, the company's CEO in the Central Asian country said Wednesday.
Mittal Steel Temirtau CEO Narendra Choudhary said the 20 percent raise would be effective from Oct. 1, and followed by another 10 percent raise from Feb. 1.
Steelworkers, who have been holding talks with the management over wages for two months demanding a 40 percent raise, were likely to accept the offer, according to trade union leader Vladimir Dudnik. He said that a decision on the offer would be made at a trade unions' congress that would be held in the next few days.
Later Wednesday the management was to present a separate pay raise offer to coal miners, who were striking for the eighth day _ a protest triggered by the death of 41 miners in a methane gas explosion last month.
More than 6,000 metal and coal workers rallied Saturday to press for their demands in Temirtau, in central Karaganda region, the ex-Soviet republic's industrial heartland.
Choudhary said Wednesday that the mill was suffering losses due to the continuing coal miners' strike. "The output has notably dropped," he told reporters.
The management said Tuesday that the miners' strike has led to a 30 percent decline in daily steel output. They said the decrease had not affected customers because it was offset by production increases in other countries where Mittal operates, such as Poland and Romania.
Workers have long alleged that Mittal, which runs 61 plants in 27 countries, has done little to improve labor and safety conditions since taking over Kazakhstan's largest metal factory and the mines that fuel it 11 years ago.
Steelworkers' wages average US$300 (euro237) a month. Miners are paid an average of US$350 (euro276) a month.


Updated : 2021-07-28 03:40 GMT+08:00