The workers from the highly troubled Lead and Zinc Complex (LZC; OTZK) in Bulgaria’s southern city of Kardzhali have received meager one-time cash payments from the government but remain ready to strike.

A total of 519 employees of the Lead and Zinc Complex in Kardzhali, the leading Bulgarian non-ferrous metals producer, who have not received salaries for half year, got BGN 325 each, secured by the Social Assistance Agency.

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and Social Policy and Labor Minister, Totyu Mladenov, visited the city Saturday afternoon to talk to the workers and oversee the payments.