Miners in Tkibuli given back pay

Miners in Tkibuli given back pay

The new owner of the Tkibuli mines, Steel International Trade Company, has fully paid the salaries of miners formerly on strike demanding back pay, Georgian Economy Minister Natia Turnava announced.

Turnava noted that she personally is in communication with miners and the new company.

She also said that reopening the coal mines and building a thermal power station are a matter of great importance.

"Coal mining will start again in early November and the mines will be expanded in the next two years," Agenda.ge cited Turnava as saying.

The new company has taken on the responsibility of creating a safe working environment for the miners. "Occupational safety is a priority and safety norms must be respected," Turnava stressed.

Miners in the Georgian town of Tkibuli stopped their protest on September 26, as they were promised to be paid their salaries on September 30.

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