NUCLEAR ENERGY WORKERS IN UKRAIN PLANS ON PROTEST

NUCLEAR ENERGY WORKERS IN UKRAIN PLANS ON PROTEST

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NUCLEAR ENERGY WORKERS IN UKRAIN PLANS ON PROTEST

– Ukraine’s State nuclear energy giant says all employees of the country’s nuclear plants will stage a massive protest.

– The protests action was planned after attempts to resolve the issue peacefully failed.

NUCLEAR ENERGY WORKERS IN UKRAIN PLANS ON PROTEST

According to RT News, Ukraine’s State nuclear energy giant says all employees of the country’s nuclear plants will stage a massive protest over its frozen assets in Kiev on Tuesday, as the world will be marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Energoatom, the operator of Ukraine’s four operational nuclear plants, said on its website on Monday SAID that its workers chose extreme measure due to the fact that the State fumbled in addressing the issue of unfounded confiscation of the company’s assets.

The confiscated assets led to Energoatom putting an end to payments for nuclear fuel, nuclear materials and removal of used nuclear fuel, it stressed.

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Workers Protesting in Ukraine

The company warned, “The payment arrears may result in the delay in the supply of nuclear fuel to Ukrainian nuclear power plants and therefore stoppage nuclear power units.”

The statement by state-owned Energoatom added, the wages of the employees are also in danger.

The protests action was planned after attempts to resolve the issue “peacefully” by the nuclear worker’s union turned out unsuccessful, it said.

The Energoatom assets were arrested in March after the court ordered to collect 127.3 million hryvnia (around $5 million) of debt from the company.

NUCLEAR ENERGY WORKERS IN UKRAIN PLANS ON PROTEST

It explained, the debt to Ukrelektrovat company “is not confirmed by any primary accounting documents, while the liability of 2.5 million hryvnia that had been present on Energoatom’s balance account was written off in 2004 due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.”

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The amount of the debt was falsely increased after legal enquiry by an individual expert, whose conclusions were put in doubt by the Justice Ministry and led to the launch of a criminal case, Energoatom said.

In April, the company sent an open letter to Justice Minister, Pavel Petrenko, pressing him to meddle into the situation, but the plea was disregarded by the official.

Energoatom cater for over a half of Ukraine’s total energy demand as it operates Zaporizhzhya, Rivne. South Ukrainian and Khmelnitsky nuclear power plants, On April 26, 1986, the biggest nuclear disaster in human history happened at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic.

A main disaster completely destroyed Reactor №4 at the plant, leading to a huge radioactive leak, which affected areas in places as far off as Norway.

NUCLEAR ENERGY WORKERS IN UKRAIN PLANS ON PROTEST

Since then, the reactor has been enclosed in a concrete and lead sarcophagus that prevents further radioactive leaks.

NUCLEAR ENERGY WORKERS IN UKRAIN PLANS ON PROTEST