Narva Energy Workers Threaten to Strike

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1/9/2013 9:29 AM

No sooner was one impending strike averted in the aviation industry than locals in northeastern Estonia began preparing for industrial action over a wage issue.

Narva Power Plants has begun preparing for a strike, the head of the Narva Energia union, Vladimir Aleksejev, said in a statement.

He said talks to enter into a collective agreement, started in December, have broken down. The union said it would sign a memorandum of differences on Wednesday and turn to the state conciliator on Thursday.

Narva Power Plants director Tõnu Aasa denied that the talks were unsalvageable and told the parties would meet today again.

Narva Power Plants employs over 700.

Power plant workers staged a symbolic support strike last March in support of teachers, but the industry has thus far avoided major actions.

Over the weekend, a strike by Estonian Air pilots was averted.

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