The Lakhta Center skyscraper construction site in November 2018. Photo by the Russian Reader
Aggressive Migrants Without Money Advance on Lakhta Center
February 1, 2020
The workers who have been building Lakhta Center, apparently, have no plans to retreat after hearing promises that they would be paid for their work—but not now, later, possibly within six to eight months.
Moyka78 has a video showing offended workers storming an office building on the premises of the skyscraper complex construction site.
It seems that hundreds of people are not willing to wait for months for their hard-earned pay.
Amid the shouting, a mediator can be heard trying to negotiate with the strikers. The builders of Lakhta Center respond only with indignation to his promises.
The workers make obscene gestures and react aggressively to the promises.
It is possible that to improve their performance the workers were fed such performance-enhancement drugs as meldonium.
Videos Showing Unrest Among Workers at Lakhta Center Have Appeared on the Internet: According to Our Information, They Were Pacified a Week Ago
February 2, 2020
Videos showing unrest among workers of the Turkish company Renaissance Construction, which is doing construction work at the Lakhta Center complex, have appeared on the internet. Fontanka has learned that the events recorded in the videos took place on the premises of Lakhta Center last Monday, January 27.
Police had to go to the site on the morning of January 27. The incident ended with one accidentally broken office window, the police issuing a ticket for swearing in a public place, and an awareness-raising discussion among the parties to the conflict.
Around two hundred employees of Renaissance Construction, the general construction contractor at the facility, demanded payment of their 2019 end-of-year bonus from management.
“Owing to the unrest among workers at the Lakhta Center construction site on January 27, 2020, Renaissance Construction JSC has conducted negotiations with the workforce to ascertain all the circumstances that gave rise to their complaints and looked into all their claims,” a spokesperson for Renaissance Construction told Fontanka.
As the spokesperson noted, the company explained to workers that they had been paid in full on January 15, and no back pay was owed to them.
“Currently, work has resumed at the site, and a constructive dialogue with the workers and outreach work are underway,” the spokesperson told Fontanka.
Thanks to Sergey Abashin for the heads-up. Translated by the Russian Reader