A wave of hunger strikes by workers protesting over wage arrears has swept across the Urals in Russia.
In Tavda, 38 workers at a bankrupt methanol plant are on hunger strike. They were dismissed last autumn but received no severance pay after the factory closed and were not paid their last two months’ wages.
Nearby, in Novouralsk, 34 employees of a car factory have been on hunger strike since 18 February. Last year there were dozens of hunger strikes over wage arrears in Russia, mostly by workers of bankrupt private companies.