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Kharkiv Transport Workers Strike Over Back Pay

KHARKIV, Ukraine -- Public transportation workers in the east Ukrainian city of Kharkiv held a one-day strike today to protest overdue wages, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The strike affected trolleybuses and trams in the city, which is Ukraine's second largest with almost 1.5 million residents.

The protesting workers say the strike is just a one-day warning and that the objective is to compel the authorities to pay the wages they are owed.

A representative of Kharkiv's Electrical Transportation Company told journalists that 162 trams and 196 trolleybuses remained in the depots. On a normal day, up to 600,000 passengers use trams and trolleybuses.

Andriy Ilhov, head of the We Shall Get Through human rights organization, told journalists that the workers have not been paid since July. Transport workers in the city are owed about $3.8 million in back wages.

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