Kazakh Aktobe Plant condemn Zhanaozen events
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 20 / Trend A.Badalova/
Over 250 employees of the Kazakh Aktobe Ferroalloy Plant went on Monday to streets to express a condemnation of the events in Zhanaozen, Kazinform reports referring to the plant's press office.
The Chairman of the Plant's youth board Chingiz Akhmetov said if people are not satisfied they should appeal to trade union rather than to go on streets.
During the rally metallurgists expressed their support to the Kazakh President's policy, aimed at maintaining peace and harmony in the state. They believe that unity, peace and harmony are the main achievements of independence.
The plant's employees called Kazakhstan's people to rally and support the President's policy and not to fall under the provocation of those who are interested in unstable and weak Kazakhstan.
Since May the Mangistau region has repeatedly experienced strikes by oil companies' employees, demanding higher wages. The court found the protest action illegal. The firms dismissed thousands of workers for striking and absenteeism. Some of the strikers returned to their jobs and new staff were hired in the place of those dismissed. The companies stated that oil production volume may drop because of the protests during the year.
On Friday mass riots took place in the Kazakh oil town of Zhanaozen in the Mangistau region which killed 14 and injured about 90 people. President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree to impose a state of emergency in the area from Saturday.