On 1st December, the directors of “Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi” (ETT) and the “Ev Sanaanii Negdel” trade union which represents the workforce at the Tavan Tolgoi mine signed an Agreement of Understanding. Under the agreement, ETT will re-hire the 203 members of staff, in addition S.Erdene, the trade union leader who set himself on fire as a protest, will be sent abroad for medical treatment. The acrimonious debate was caused by ETT’s to transfer their 203 employees who were working at the “Zuun Tsankh Mine” to China’s “TTGVCo”. In response the trade union went on strike repeatedly. Finally, the director of the trade union, S.Erdene, attempted self immolation at the press conference in front of journalists; currently, he is receiveing medical treatment in Mongolia.