Miners in three regions refused to return to work Thursday at the end of a 24-hour political strike that shut down more than a third of the country's coal mines Wednesday, Soviet television reported.
Prime Minister Nikolai Ryzhkov said earlier at the 28th Communist Party Congress Thursday that 276 of the country's 655 mines had been affected by the strike Wednesday, most of them shut down for the whole day.Ryzhkov did not specifically mention the miners' demands, which included his resignation and an end to Communist Party control in the mines, saying only, "They repeated their well-known demands."
Official Soviet television said at midday Thursday miners in three areas of the Ukraine - around Lvov, Kirovograd and the Volyn region - remained on strike Thursday. It was not clear how many mines were affected by the continuing strike.
Subway workers in Leningrad, factories in areas affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident and employees of several other enterprises joined the daylong "warning" strike.
The independent strike committees that organized the walkout are demanding that Ryzhkov and his government resign for failing to follow through on promises of better conditions and more local control of mines.