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Posted by workres на Березень 11, 2018

A regional European Assembly of Resistance (AoR) was held in Budapest (Hungary) on March 2-4, 2018, a delegation of the All-Ukrainian Independent Trade Union “Zahist pratzi” (“Labour defense”) consisting of the coordinator of the all-Ukrainian independent trade union “Zahist pratzi” Andrii Ishchenko and a member of the feminine department of the all-Ukrainian independent trade union “Zahist pratzi” Inna Valeshkovskaya took part in its work from Ukraine. Among the participants there were representatives of the left and social organizations of Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Serbia, France, Sweden.

As it was expected, the most heated discussion was on the “Ukrainian issue”. The representative of the pro-Russian party “The Union of Left Forces” (Sergei Markin), living outside Ukraine and claiming that the fascist regime is already established in Ukraine and their party is being persecuted and works underground, tried to add to the text of the final resolution paragraphs which would shift the emphases of the final resolutions from social-class priorities to civilizational ones. On the contrary, the representative of the All-Ukrainian Independent Trade Union “Zahist pratzi” (Andrii Ishchenko), who came to Budapest from Ukraine, focused on the fact that the right regime in Ukraine, although slipping increasingly into authoritarianism and carrying out ultra-capitalist reforms, tries to preserve democratic decorations and at this time isn’t distinguished by its nature from right-wing authoritarian regimes in the surrounding Ukraine Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and there are no sufficient grounds to believe that the regime in Ukraine has already turned into the regime of an open terrorist dictatorship since left and trade union activists operate in Ukraine by legal methods of work; they consider suicidal to drive themselves into the underground and will make maximum use of the remaining opportunities for legal struggle for the rights of Ukrainian workers in spite of the growing pressure of an authoritarian anti-democratic regime and persecution of trade union activists in different parts of Ukraine. As a result of an acute open controversy and a lengthy discussion of practically all participants of the meeting the final text of the General Resolution of the Assembly of Resistance retained its class-social orientations and accents of genuine proletarian internationalism and was not led into seeking of “progressive” imperialism and the struggle of civilizations.

Based on the results of the three-days work, the text of the Final Declaration of the General Meeting of the Assembly of Resistance was adopted, in which the participants stated the crisis of the political and parliamentary left wing practically in all countries of the world, the ubiquitous reduction of the social state (even in Sweden) and the need for joint international actions in which the “overthrow” of authoritarian systems can begin socially only with a broad, mass movement of public self-defense.

Participants in a representative regional international meeting in Budapest adopted four main directions of joint actions:

1) In the economy – the fight against the oligarchic economy and its replacement by a mixed multi-sector economy, creating of a pluralistic ownership structure for broader groups of society, in other words the necessity of freedom in organizing cooperatives in all spheres of economy;

2) In social policy – the struggle to improve the living conditions of the social groups which are below. Instead of various forms of bourgeois nationalism, racism, ethnic folly, the persecution of Roma and migrants, the most important public task of the left wing – regardless of politics – is to ensure the cultural growth of the population, the establishment of civilian “people’s” educational structures and self-education groups;

3) In the political field – the concept of political democracy needs to be supplemented with concepts of economic and cultural democracy, so that everyone could be involved in “democracy”, and not just “elected” ones. Authoritarian regimes and their excluding constitutions must be rejected. Social rights should be fixed in the constitutions and they must be implemented;

4) In the field of social base – the main reliance of the anticapitalist left wing are trade unions and public organizations. If the left forces do not act as a spokesman of the interests of people living on wages or labor incomes, workers and unemployed, thereby they destroy themselves.


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Final declaration of the 2nd International Miners’ Conference

Posted by workres на Лютий 13, 2017


Godavari Khani, India, 2nd to 5th of February 2017

The 2nd International Miners’ Conference has come to a conclusion successfully. This time it took
place in Godavari Khani, India, with about 5000 participants and 38 delegates of the miners’ movement from 16 countries. 8 delegations from different countries could not be present due to various reasons – either because their governments prevented them or because their visas had been denied by the Indian embassy, while others were unable to take leave from their job. About 60 countries took part in the preparation process.

In India, the National Preparatory Committee, consisting of 10 organizations, made huge efforts and generated great power and unity. They mobilized thousands of workers and their families, as well as the masses to realize a great campaign of propaganda and collection of resources in order to support the international movement of mine workers. Прочитати решту цього запису »

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Trade Union Conference in Kyiv: “Modernization of Ukrainian labour legislation: view of trade union and labour law specialists”

Posted by workres на Грудень 16, 2016




3 December 2016 All-Ukrainian trade union “Zakhyst Pratsi” (“Defense of Labour) conducted its final conference in in Kyiv in the framework with common project with Rosa Luxembourg Foundation (Germany) “Modernization of Ukrainian labour legislation: view of trade union and labour law specialists”.

Both those activists, which were declared as researchers in the framework of this project or participated in the previous regional roundtables and a lot of new activists of independent trade union movement, connection with which we found in the process of project realization, participated in the conference work.

In particular, the activists of following Ukrainian trade unions, civil unions and left-wing parties, participated in the conference work:

  • AUITU “Zakhyst Pratsi” (trade union branches at PJSC “Ukrsybbank” (Kyiv), Living-Exploitation Company # 109 (Kyiv), “Pivdenmash (Dnipro)
  • ATU “People Solidarity” (trade union branch of converter shop of PJSC “Metallurgic Company “Azovstal” (Mariupol).
  • Independent trade union at PJSC “Mondelis Ukraine” (Trostianets, Сумська область)
  • Independent miners trade union (city organization, Kryvyi Rig)
  • All-Ukrainian Trade Union Confederation (Kyiv)
  • Trade union of Ukrainian land relations industry (Kyiv)
  • National Trade Union Confederation of Ukraine (Dnipro, Kyiv)
  • All-Ukrainian trade union of attested police workers (regional organization, Mykolaiv)
  • Trade union of aircraft builders of Ukraine (FTUU, Kyiv)
  • Independent trade union “Solidarity” of Black Sea ship-building plant (Mykolaiiv)
  • Independent trade union of Mariupol sea port (Mariupol)
  • Independent trade union Mykolaiiv sea port (Mykolaiiv)
  • Strike committee of “Khersonelektrotrans” plant (Kherson)
  • Civil council of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine
  • Workers Party (Kyiv, Mykolaiiv, Dnipro)
  • Social-Democratic Party (Kyiv)
  • Organizational committee of Social Movement party (Kyiv, Kryvyi Rig).

 The following persons had spoken at the conference:

Dmytro Filipchuk – the Chairman of Trade union of Ukrainian land relations industry

Petro Petrychenko – the Chairman of National Trade Union Confederation of Ukraine and

Grygorii Kabanchenko – the Chairman of Civil council of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.

 We’d received comradely greetings from following fraternal organizations: 

  • independent workers trade union of Kazakhstan “Zhanartu” (Mukhtar Umbetov and Ainur Kurmanov)
  • general national French trade union l’Union syndicale Solidaires (from the name of trade union its Chairman Verveine Angeli)
  • left-wing parliament party Red Green Alliance, Denmark (from the name of party’s international secretariat – Mikael Hertoft)
  • The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (Great Britain) (from the name of organization its founder Marco Bojcun).

 Main reports at the conference was done by the researchers: Natalia Agnyshchenko – the Chairman of Women Bureau of AUITU “Zakhyst Pratsi” (“Gender aspect in new Labour Code draft: remarks and propositions of social active and trade union activists” and Vitalii Dudin – the lawyer of the Center of social and labour researches (“Selective adoption of European experience as the way of labour rights shortening”). Third report was done by the Chairman of the Central Coordination Committee of all-Ukrainian trade union “People Solidarity” Oleksii Kliashtornyi (“Persoectives and dangers of new Labour Code”).

The panel discussion on the topic “Modern problems of Ukrainian labour legislation reforming: general Ukrainian and regional aspects” with attraction with regional conference participants was made under the moderation of lawyer – human rights defender Oleksandr Palii.

Undoubtedly, the conference has shown high ability of the activists of Ukrainian independent trade unions in the direction of further struggle against anti-worker and anti-union new Labour Code draft. The connections between activists of different Ukrainian trade unions considerable improved during 2016 since start of our common project realization. The problems of analysis of new Labour Code draft indeed was very important and actual for integration of the activists of Ukrainian independent trade unions on all-Ukrainian level. Both newly established and quite experienced trade unions form different regions of Ukraine at the first time received real possibility to coordinate its efforts for widening among working class masses real and true information regarding this predator and anti-worker new Labour Code draft.

Independent Ukrainian trade unions, left-wing activists as well as professional and honest scientists – law researchers succeed during very short period of time to create the coalition of trade union organizations, civil unions and even political forces, mainly left-wing, which meaningly and sharply stood against power’s attempts to shift off their numerous failures in state’s social policy into shoulders of millions ordinary workers.

31 May 2016 the Appeal of Ukrainian national platform of civil society forum of Eastern Partnership regarding new Ukrainian Labour Code draft was published. This appeal first time directly declares that both text of this draft and hidden and non-democratic order of its viewing in the Parliament of Ukraine provokes serious disturbing from the side of different Ukrainian civil society institutions.

With the help of series protest actions and powerful informational efforts in the beginning of autumn 2016 our trade union succeed to call quite massive Ukrainian society resonance directly to the issue of expediency ща new Labour Code adoption under hard present situation. In the end of September 2016 the parliament faction of Oleg Liashko’s Radical Party resolutely refused to vote for this draft of Labour Code in the second reading. And it’s necessary to note that just our principled and persevering position called and secured making of this decision.

All-Ukrainian conference became very successful and breakthrough. Independent Ukrainian trade unions has begun to select among all its membership it’s those militant part, which is really ready right now to begin coordinated struggle among for the plenty of issue of social and labour rights of Ukrainian workers. We’ll win if we struggle!


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Round Table Discussion «Modernisation of the Labour Market regulation and adaptation of the labour legislation of Ukraine to the EU norms and standards»

Posted by workres на Листопад 8, 2016



Round Table Discussion 
«Modernisation of the Labour Market regulation and adaptation of the labour legislation of Ukraine to the EU norms and standards»

Kyiv, November 7, 2016

On the threshold of the Third Meeting of the Civil Society Platform EU-Ukraine (which will be held on November 8-9, 2016 in Kyiv) the participants of the roundtable «Modernisation of the Labour Market regulation and adaptation of the labour legislation of Ukraine to the EU norms and standards», held on November 7, 2016 at the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine with the assistance of the Public Council under the Ministry, propose the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform to recommend to the Council of the Association after extensive consultation with the public, which should start as soon as possible, to include in the agenda of the Association for 2017 the following steps in fulfilment of obligations of the Parties put by the Agreement:  Прочитати решту цього запису »

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RESOLUTION of the Roundtable of trade union and left-wing activists in Odesa

Posted by workres на Вересень 18, 2016


5 November 2015 the Parliament of Ukraine has adopted in the first reading the draft of new Labour Code. As it became clear later, parliament speaker of that time Mr. Volodymyr Groisman has fooled MPs insisting that adoption of the Labour Code is EU demand for visa-free regime for the citizens of Ukraine.

Ukrainian trade union and left-wing activists immediately correctly declared this draft of new Labour Code as predator and anti-worker one. Also we adopted the decision that independent trade unions should immediately take part in the work of the Working group of Parliament committee on the issues of social policy employment and pension provision for making impossible sharp worsening of the freedoms and rights of workers and trade unions via adoption of this draft of new Labour Code.

Unfortunately, real picture was completely different and very unpleasant. The job of the Working group was absolutely hidden and opaque for Ukrainian society and independent trade unions, where the representatives of employers and sub-controlled to oligarchic influences “official” Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FTUU) in fact, betrayed the interests of wide layers of Ukrainian workers.  Прочитати решту цього запису »

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Beware – The Labour Code!

Posted by workres на Червень 23, 2016


Statement by the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum concerning the draft of the Labour Code of Ukraine

Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is concerned about the adoption procedure and a number of provisions of the draft Labour Code of Ukraine, which is pending in the Parliament of Ukraine (the bill №1658) and adopted by the Parliament in first reading on November 5, 2015 (hereinafter – Draft) as well as a closed and non-transparent character of the work on this document in the Verkhovna Rada Committee on social policy.  Прочитати решту цього запису »

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Posted by workres на Травень 6, 2016

More than 100 members of the independent trade union “ZAKHYST PRATSI” («Defense of Labour») and workers’ trade unions from different industrial plants held on a demonstration devoted to solidarity and struggle for the working class (employees) rights. Among them were regional representatives from The Southern engeneering plant, Dnipropetrovsk metallurgical plant of Petrovskiy, Dnipropetrovsk tube-rolling plant “Interpaip”, private research-and-production enterprise “Dnepropress” and the utility enterprise “Dneproelectrotransport”. Their demonstration had a great success.

Despite big pressure, made on the organizers and the atmosphere of fear, the column of demonstrators held on the square near “Raketa” park. They marched along the city streets towards the city and the regional administrations where meetings took place. The participants of the action had trade union, national, red and black flags in their hands. In not a standard form they left a big resolution, which had the length 3 on 3 meters. During the march, the activists advanced different slogans, such as: “Oligarchs must be removed from power”, “More rights for workers to improve our life”, “Where our salary”, “No to the slavery labour codex”, “Yes to workers struggle, no – to capitalism”, “Gang must go away from Verchovna Rada”, “Freedom for working class” and other.

Among the representatives several people made speeches. Alexei Simvolkov, Andrii Ishchenko, Igor Parhomenko, Andrii But and Eugene Derkach in their emochional speeches steered the masses to make more active protests against the slavery labour codex which oligarchy wanted to adopt in parliament in its interests, to continue working struggle and solidarity among the working class. They also proposed to expand the work of the independent trade unions.

As the result of the 1st of May in Dnepropetrovsk we can make a conclusion that actions of independent trade unions and anti-oligarh protests unite people with different views.


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Colombia: Free academic and unionist Miguel Ángel Beltrán!!!

Posted by workres на Березень 10, 2016

Dr Miguel Ángel Beltrán, a Colombian academic and member of the higher education union ASPU, was arrested on charges of rebellion in July 2015 and unjustly sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment in a high security prison in Bogota. Dr Beltrán was recently on a hunger strike to demand a fair review of his case, and the improvement of detention conditions for all prisoners in general. Dr Beltrán is an outspoken critic of the Colombian government and has dedicated much of his research to conflict and turmoil within the country. Colombia has one of the highest rates of violence against teachers and trade unionists.
Dr Beltrán was first arrested in May 2009 on charges of rebellion and conspiracy. Despite being cleared of all charges in 2011, he was removed from his position at the National University of Colombia and still suffers a politically-motivated ban preventing him from serving at any public universities in Colombia. Education International (EI) calls on you to urge the government and judicial authorities of the Republic of Colombia to urgently review the judicial case against Dr Miguel Ángel Beltrán, professor at the National University of Colombia, and to authorise his immediate release. Education International has made a formal request for his case to be reviewed, for his release and for the restitution of his civil and academic rights.


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Posted by workres на Лютий 14, 2016


There have been large protests by workers of the Ukrainian State Enterprise “Southern Machine-Building Plant Makarov” on February 11th at Dnipropetrovsk City Council. The workers have been protesting against unpaid wages – a massive problem in Ukraine. After previous actions the workers secured some wages owed for January, however this was not all the money they were owed by their employer which cover almost four months of wages.

Following their protests the workers received certain assurances and decided to suspend their protest activities. They received payment for January but workers are waiting for full repayment.

Yevgen Derkach of the Defence of Labour (Zakhyst Pratsi) Trade Union in Dnipropetrovsk which represents the workers said they will “We endure as two-week break and will look at the situation. If they pay the debt good, but we still have many questions about our company that we will raise, in particular, the reorganisation of the plant “.

In 2015 the workers held more than ten protest against non-payment of wages in Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv. Situation due to financial difficulties – the company lacked orders for products from state and commercial organizations. In October 2014, during President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the production of the plant will be included in the state defence order.





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LETTER OF SOLIDARITY: Express protest against the dismissal of trade union activists on MUC «Dnipropetrovsk electrotransport»

Posted by workres на Серпень 28, 2015

Acting Mayor
of Dnepropetrovsk
Bulavka G.I.
Karl Marx av.,75

Head of the depot №3
Municipal utility company
«Dnipropetrovsk electrotransport»
Avramenko Y.B.
Voitsekhovich str., 67,


Dear Mrs.Bulavka, dear Mr. Avramenko,

I’ve found out that the head of MUC «Dnipropetrovsk electrotransport» Avramenko Y.B. 04/08/2015 signed a decree on dismissal of head of trade union Hrytsynher Svetlana pretext of «non-performance of job duties» (paragraph 3 of Article 40 of the Labor Code of Ukraine), which is not only slander and insult the dignity of professional workers, but also a direct violation of the Labor Code and the Law «On Trade Unions, their Rights and Guarantees», prohibiting the dismissal of the heads of primary trade union organization without the consent of a higher trade union organization. As I was informed by representatives of trade union «Zahyst Pratsi», the management of «Dnipropetrovsk electrotransport» didn’t ask for such consent. The center of the independent trade union was registered in late June 2015. Outraged that Svetlana worked in the company about 17.5 years and has of disability 3 groups. Pressure from management was so rude that when a «conversation» took place, Svetlana was made to call the ambulance in the depot.

A week after the dismissal of trade union leader there was a dismissal of Deputy Head of the primary organization of trade union. A woman, who worked as conductor in the depot №3, was dismissed because of cynically use of Article 41 of the Labor Code («loss of confidence»), which may be applied only to workers in senior positions.

I recent by the outrage and cynical fact of unlawful harassment of employees is the basis of their belonging to the independent trade union. Those actions create a precedent cynical disregard for the rights of employees and calls into question the ability of Ukraine to ensure the application of existing labor law, and especially respect for the best European practices.

I ask you to:

1. Take immediate measures to eliminate committed violations and restore rights workers.

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