Ukrainian Space Workers Rally for Back Pay

The first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket is shipped out from Yuzhnoye design bureau in Ukraine. (Credt: Yuzhnoye)
The first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket is shipped out from Yuzhnoye design bureau in Ukraine. (Credt: Yuzhnoye)

Interfax-Ukraine reports that workers at the A.M. Makarov Southern Machine-Building Plant (PA Yuzhmash) in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine held a rally to protest the lack of pay and work.

The workers build Zenit and Cyclone-4 boosters as well as the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares launch vehicle and the fourth stage for Europe’s Vega rocket. They are also involved in Dnepr, a decommissioned ballistic missile that has been converted into a satellite launcher.

The report indicates that since last July, employees have been working only three days per week and are pay $200 to $300 only once or twice per month. There’s also been a lack of new orders for their products.

The company owes about $150 million in back salaries and other payments, according to the story.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, whose country is responsible for much of Ukraine’s misery, Tweeted the following:

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  • waseem

    “Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, whose country is responsible for
    much of Ukraine‚Äôs misery” <<<<
    Ukraine's misery is brought by EU & USA. Ousting a legal government & putting a puppet choco PM.

  • Chief Galen Tyrol

    Is that an old photo, or do the Ukrainians still call it a Taurus II?

  • Aegis Maelstrom

    Oh. great to see that Putinbots keep on patrolling the Internet, looking for vulnerable topics like Ukraine, Donietsk, Rogozhin etc.

    Soon even kids in kindergartens will be taught about Russian Web Brigades.

  • Arunotei

    Of course, Ukraine’s misery is completely EU & USA fault! It’s EU and USA attacked Ukrainian bases on Crimea, forced their military out of there, staged “referendum”, which was an exact copyright of Nazi Austrian Anschluss before WWII, then annexed the territory, then stirred military insurgence in Donbass and shelled Ukrainian border guards from Russian territory, send military supplies there and Russian “volunteers” to fight Ukrainian police and military. Oh, those evil EU and USA imperialists!!!….

  • Larry J

    Oh, so those attacks by Russian troops and equipment are the EU’s and USA’s fault? How? Or is it that because we’re imposing sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine’s territory, we’re interfering with their land grab and that’s what causing the misery?

  • Nernst

    What a rotten mess. These poor guys are owed back pay yet rockets are principallypaid for up front arent they? Maybe some corruption at the top