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Kazakh Oil Workers End Hunger Strike

ZHANAOZEN, Kazakhstan -- Hundreds of workers at the Burghylau Oil Company in the western Kazakh town of Zhanaozen ended their strike today, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Strike committee member Karlybay Butanbaev said that the oil company's general director, Tolegen Adzhibaev, was sacked from his post and the company's leadership promised to pay off all overdue salaries.

Butanbaev added that together with the general strikers, 14 hunger strikers also stopped protesting.

The strikers say they will resume the strike if the promises are not fulfilled.

The general strike began after 14 workers began a hunger strike on March 20 in an effort to get the company's leadership to stop layoffs.

Later, hundreds of other workers stopped working in support of the hunger strikers.