Naval shipyard workers go on strike

Verdens største atomubåter - Typhoon-klassen - tas nå ut av drift. Her ligger en Typhoon-ubåt i flytedokk i Murmanskfjorden.
Foto: Thomas Nilsen

Publish date: December 10, 1999

Written by: Igor Kudrik

A naval shipyard at the Kola Peninsula demands overdue salaries, threatens to block a road.

The workers of naval shipyard no. 82 at the Kola Peninsula threaten to run a blockage of an automobile road connecting Murmansk and Severomorsk, the Northern Fleet headquarters, on December 16. The workers demand salary that has been delayed for more than four months. The Russian Defence Ministry’s debt to the yard amounts to around $600.000.

Naval yard no. 82 is engaged in repairing of nuclear powered submarines, including the Typhoon class, the biggest submarine ever built. The yard did run road blockages before in demand of delayed salaries. This time, the yard labour union leaders say their actions will be supported by two other naval shipyards at the Kola Peninsula: Polyarny and Sevmorput.

In 1997, workers in Polyarny blocked a newly repaired nuclear submarine demanding overdue payments.

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