Armenian Chemical Workers Protest for Unpaid Wages

More than a hundred angry employees of Armenia’s two largest chemical enterprises demonstrated on Thursday to demand the payment of their back wages for the past several months.

The Yerevan-based Nairit chemical giant and the Vanadzor-Khimprom plant located in the northern city of Vanadzor have a significant backlog of unpaid wages despite partly resuming operations this year. Both companies controlled by Russian investors were hit hard by the global financial crisis, laying off or sending on indefinite leave scores of workers.

Some 70 Nairit employees protested outside the main government building in Yerevan during a weekly session of Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan’s cabinet. They said they have not been paid since the Nairit management paid June wage arrears to its 3,000 workers in July.

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