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The personnel of government-financed companies and offices have launched national protest
VORONEZH. Five thousand rallied in this industrial and regional centre in Central Russia's south, calling for wage rises, report regional police board PR. A rally resolution calls the federal Cabinet to raise wages and salaries by 50% before this year's end, and double them next year. More than 1,500 educational establishments, and 320 health and roughly 200 cultural institutions support the public protest, says the regional Non-Production Trade and Professional Union Association. The police has not reported whatever breach of order throughout the region. VOLGOGRAD. Twenty thousand teachers and medical and cultural workers of this South Russian region are on national warning strike, says the regional Labour Union Council. The strikers demand wage rises and preservation of federal minimum wage guarantees throughout Russia, irrespective of the level of budgets that finance respective branches. The Volgograd Region's protesters have chosen a stay-in strike for the day. Certain establishments in the city and the region, mainly schools, are scabbing on bosses' orders, complain labour unions. NOVOSIBIRSK. Roughly 4,500 rallied on the national protest day in Siberia's industrial and research heart. Twenty manufacturing economic branches' labour unions joined them on sympathetic strike, says the regional Trade Union Federation. The rallies demanded to raise minimum wages and pensions up to the subsistence level next year, raise wages and salaries by 50% before this year's end, and double them next year. Their resolution calls for efficient government supervision of full and timely wage payments to the personnel of all companies and offices, irrespective of property form. The document demands a programme launched to support industry, research and farming. The rallies also call to fully reinstate social, health and unemployment insurance, and pension fees. PETROZAVODSK. More than twenty thousand employees of government-financed companies and offices went on strike today on a labour union-organised national protest action in Karelia, autonomy in Russia's northwest. Education led the action. Certain schools suspended classes, and many started them two hours later than usual, says Gennadi Grishunin, republican Trade Union Association president. The action involved more than 120 Karelian companies and offices. Two thousand protesters made a live chain in Petrozavodsk, republican capital, as they stood hand in hand along several kilometres in the city's main thoroughfare from the government premises to the Town Hall. Posters and streamers the rallies were holding presented their demands on the federal and Karelian governments. In particular, the federal government ought to raise this year's wages by 12 per cent-current inflation rate, and the republican guarantee a 20 per cent rise since January 1. ROSTOV-ON-DON. A thousand rallied on a teacher strike-mainly college and university students of the city and the region, in European Russia's south. They demanded grants and scholarships doubled, and teachers' salaries raised by 50 per cent. NIZHNI NOVGOROD. Three thousand gathered in the central, Minin and Pozharsky, square for a protest rally in this industrial and regional centre on the Volga river. Several industrial labour unions joined educational, health and cultural personnel, report regional labour leaders. Wage rise demands are perfectly justified, acknowledges regional governor Gennadi Khodyrev. "We always approve such action, when it is civilised. The demands made now are just," he said, as quoted by his press service
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