December 30, 1989 |
About 20,000 Yugoslavian workers in a mining and industrial complex went on strike, demanding a 40% pay increase, Belgrade Radio reported. If the strike continues at the Kolubara complex 35 miles, south of Belgrade, the operation of two plants essential for supplying power to the Yugoslav capital would be threatened, the state news agency Tanjug said. It is among several strikes throughout the country this month, with workers protesting low wages amid a 2,500% annual inflation rate.
August 3, 1989
Hundreds of ethnic Albanian miners staged a strike for the second day in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo, but authorities succeeded in confining the unrest to one large enterprise. About 200 miners joined supervisors and technical staff in refusing to work at the Trepca lead and zinc mines, scene of widespread Albanian nationalist protests last November and February.
February 28, 1989 |
Troops and tanks moved into Kosovo province Monday, while ethnic Albanian miners ended their eight-day sit-in deep in a mine shaft after three provincial Communist party leaders resigned as the strikers demanded. However, the miners said they would not work until their other demands were met, including the abandonment of planned constitutional changes that would give the Serbian republic--one of six republics within Yugoslavia--more control over the autonomous province of Kosovo.
February 25, 1989 |
About 40,000 ethnic Albanians in the republic of Serbia refused to work on Friday in support of striking miners protesting ethnic discrimination and demanding the resignation of a provincial Communist Party chief, state-run media said. Yugoslav Communist Party leader Stipe Suvar spent three hours 3,000 feet underground in a futile meeting with strikers at the Trepca lead, zinc and silver mine in the autonomous Kosovo province.
October 15, 1988 |
The government announced plans Friday to ease an unpopular austerity program, three days before the leadership meets to consider widespread demands for resignations in its leadership. Deputy Premier Janez Zemljaric said Yugoslavia will import $600 million in emergency staples--triple the amount announced Oct. 8 by the government--to ease the worst economic crisis in the country in four decades.