Metro workers on strike for better wages

Wage and working conditions not acceptable, they argue

A good portion of the workers labouring underground in Copenhagen on the ongoing Cityring metro tunnel construction project are on strike, according to TV2 News.

Up to 80 Italian and Romanian workers have put down their tools over wage issues. TV2 News revealed that several employees haven't received the wages they've been promised for up to six months.

”We haven't been paid since September and we don't understand how much we are paid per month,” one metro worker told TV2 News. ”They subtract expenses for flights, food and accommodation from our wages so we end up with nothing to send home to our families. Everything is taken from us.”

”We just want the wages we've been promised. We sacrifice a lot by being in Denmark and our families shouldn't think that we are running around over here having a laugh and spending all our money on having fun. We have nothing here and we should actually be getting paid really well.”

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Eva reaches Central Station
According to the union 3F, metro workers had been promised 127 kroner an hour, but instead they've been getting 116 kroner per hour over the last several months.

Workers are also dissatisfied with working conditions of the massive construction projects.

In related news, the 700-tonne drilling machine Eva drilled through to the future metro station at Central Station in Copenhagen on Thursday last week.

The prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and city mayor Frank Jensen were among the dignitaries present to witness the event, which signifies that about one third of the Cityring has been completed.

(Video: Youtube – DR)