Premier invites Armenian Nairit’s representatives for meeting
YEREVAN, July 10. /ARKA/. Armenia’s premier Hovik Abrahamyan has invited representatives of Nairit chemical plant who gathered outside the government building to meet with him after the cabinet meeting.
An ARKA reporter says several dozens of people, including Nairit employees, gathered outside the government building demanding payment of arrears. The head of the government came out to the protesters that introduced a number of issues to him, including salaries, the arrears and resumption of operations at the factory.
‘I am inviting 20 delegates from the plant to have a meeting with me after the cabinet meeting to introduce the existing problems, and we will find solutions to them’, the premier said.
The premier talked also to mothers of killed servicemen, pilots, and people with disabilities from employment-related activities. Abrahamyan instructed the head of the government staff to collect all proposals and complaints, and promised to do his best for settling the problems.
Nairit was the only plant in the Soviet Union producing chloroprene rubber. The plant was closed in 1989 for environmental reasons and resumed operating partially in 1992. In 2006, 90% of Nairit’s shares were sold to British Rainoville Property Limited for $40 million. The remaining 10% belong to the Armenian government. The plant operations were suspended in 2010.
On December 25, 2013, Rosneft, Pirelli Tire Russia and Rosneft-Armenia signed a memorandum of understanding in Yerevan to set up a joint venture for butadiene-styrene rubber production. Armenia’s premier was cited as saying Rosneft was planning to invest 400 million dollars in construction of a new plant in Armenia. Russian ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volinkin said specialists from Nairit will get employment in the new plant. –0--