20 February, 2014According to the reports received from Ukrainian affiliates following the night clashes at Maidan (Independence square) in Kiev, from 18 to 19 February the House of Trade Unions was set on fire.
Many offices of IndustriALL affiliates were located in the building. Earlier it was occupied by protesters. The fire destroyed the building together with all the documents and equipment of IndustriALL affiliates.
IndustriALL Global Union is seriously concerned with the dramatic developments in Ukraine. IndustriALL expresses support to all its affiliated trade unions and hopes for a swift restoration of peace, before it escalates into a civil war.
General secretary Raina stated:
IndustriALL calls for an end to violence in Ukraine. When citizens are shot dead on the orders of their government, the world is horrified. IndustriALL remains in constant contact with its affiliates in Ukraine. Many of these organisations are now operating under even more difficult circumstances following the malicious arson of Trade Union House.