Why Did Ukrainian Miners Strike in 1989? | Beyond East and West
23 January, 2020

30 years ago, miners went on strike in the Donbas. The reason was delayed payments of salaries and holdback pay. Although the miners themselves think otherwise, historians refer to strikes as one of the causes of the collapse of the USSR. Pavlohrad, located in western Donbas, became one of the centers of the strikes. Hromadske journalists met with former strikers and their children who are also miners now – to find out whether a new generation would follow in their parents’ footsteps.

"Why Did Ukrainian Miners Strike in 1989?" is the latest in Hromadske's English-language series "Beyond East and West" in partnership with LSE Arena, a programme based at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and Political Science. 

"Beyond East and West" is a research project exploring Ukrainians’ connection to and understanding of their nation’s history. As part of this project we are producing a series of videos on history and analysing the response of audiences across Ukraine.