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Kazakhstan: Workers Picket Parliament For Wages

Prague, 5 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Twenty-four workers from the Qaratau Phosphorus Producing plant in Kazakhstan's Jambyl Oblast picketed the parliament building in Almaty today to demand payment of overdue wages.

The picketers told RFE/RL correspondents in Almaty that 202 workers of the plant have started a protest fast in the town of Janatas in order to persuade local authorities and the plant's management to start paying off their overdue salaries for the last two years. The plant owes its workers about 560 million Tenges ($1 equals 76 Tenges).

Meanwhile, the workers from Kentau's Achisay Polymetal Plant have abandoned their protest action. The Achisay workers have for the past month been prevented by police in the southern city of Turkistan from continuing their planned protest march on Almaty. The management of the Achisay Plant has started paying its debts to the workforce after having received a 150 million Tenges credit from the Kazakh government.