Workers from Lead/Zinc Smelter OTZK Block Traffic

Workers from Lead/Zinc Smelter OTZK Block Traffic

Workers from the Bulgarian lead and zinc smelter OTZK blocked a section of the Kurdzhali - Haskovo road, in southern Bulgaria, for half an hour on Monday with demands to be paid their wage arrears.

The workers' unpaid wages for several months add up to nearly 1 million levs ($680,000/511,000 euro), state-run Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) reported.

The workers threatened to block the road every day between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and if their demands are not met, they plan to block an intersection of five major roads, BTA reported, quoting a trade union representative.

OTZK's owner Valentin Zlatev sold the nearby mine Gorubso-Madan over the weekend, following nearly a month of miners' protests over unpaid wages.

Prime minister Boiko Borisov and agriculture minister Miroslav Naidenov will meet with the protesters in Kurdzhali on Tuesday, the government's press office said.

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