Workers brought to Mariupol from Russia see no promised pay

Workers brought to Mariupol from Russia see no promised pay

In the temporarily captured City of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, workers brought in from Russia on promises of high wages have not been paid.

That’s according to a report by the Mariupol City Council, seen by Ukrinform.

"The occupiers bring workers from Russia to work in the occupied territories. They are promised high salaries, but in fact they get duped. Local residents are not hired for these jobs," the report says.

The City Council noted that bricklayers, decorators, and electrical installers were brought to Mariupol from St. Petersburg. They were told they would be paid twice as much as they would get for similar work in Russian cities.

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"But the first video appeals are emerging, shot by the workers brought to the occupied cities, claiming that they were simply left behind. They work with no contracts, and now they don’t even get paid," the City Council wrote.

At the same time, the majority of Mariupol residents are now unemployed, while those who managed to get a job are not paid either.

"Because of this, the employees of the local water utility company have been protesting for several days as they are used to decent pay for their work. But this is not about ‘Russian world,’ which only brings contempt and injustice," the officials emphasized.

As reported, employees of JSC Rosvodokanal utility company who were deployed from the Russian Federation to restore water supply in the temporarily captured town of Shchastya in Eastern Ukraine, complained to Vladimir Putin in a video address that their work had not been paid for, and that the employers were refusing to contract them officially.

Russia's aggression caused a major humanitarian disaster in Mariupol. The city has been almost completely destroyed by continuous enemy shelling.

Mariupol has no stable power, water, and gas supplies. Since the full-scale invasion, about 22,000 civilians have been killed in the city. More than 50,000 have been deported to Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk region.

Photo: Mariupol City Council

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