Oil workers in the town of Nizhnekamsk in Tatarstan are continuing the strike they began on March 27. Workers in Nizhnekamsk were among the less than one million Russian workers who observed the nationwide day of protest organized by the trade unions last week. But the workers in Nizhnekamsk broke ranks with local union leaders by staging a demonstration outside the town hall, switching their criticism from the federal government to the local one, and demanding to be paid in cash instead of the surrogate money in use in the town. The Monitor’s correspondent in the Volga region reports that the Nizhnekamsk oil workers continued to blockade the town hall on March 28. They dispersed only after a representative of the local administration agreed to negotiate with workers’ leaders and representatives of the local oil company.
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