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Kazakhstan: union leader, prisoner of conscience, is released

29 May, 2018Nurbek Kushakbayev, deputy chair of the KNPRK and labour inspector of the trade union of Oil Construction Company (OCC), was released from prison in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan on 28 May. His colleague Amin Yeleusinov, former chair of the OCC trade union, was released a week ago.

Kazakhstan: independent union leader freed

24 May, 2018Amin Yeleusinov, former chair of the trade union of Oil Construction Company (OCC), was released from prison in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan on 22 May following a decision of the local court taken on 4 May.

ArcelorMittal: Promising dialogue but challenges remain

13 September, 2018Union leaders representing nearly 50,000 ArcelorMittal workers in Kazakhstan and Ukraine recently met in Kiev to discuss common problems and joint solutions at the world’s largest steel producer.

Kazakh union leader freed

12 August, 2019Through a special pardoning decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Erlan Baltabay, leader of the independent oil and gas workers’ union and vice-president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), was released from custody on 10 August.

IndustriALL calls for release of Kazakh trade union leader

24 July, 2019IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of Kazakh trade union leader, Erlan Baltabay, after he was sentenced to seven years in prison by a Kazakh court on 17 July.

Worker rights violations under spotlight at the ILO

16 June, 2016The ILO Committee on Application of Standards at the 2016 International Labour Conference in Geneva heard testimonies from workers around the world facing increased repression and difficulties in exercising their rights enshrined in ILO Conventions.

Kazakh trade unions at ArcelorMittal strengthen their position

2 June, 2017A workshop for members of Kazakh trade unions and of German trade union IG Metall was held in the city of Temirtau under the leadership of IndustriALL Global Union. 

London rail workers pledge support to Kazakh oil workers

9 November, 2012London underground rail workers joined the international campaign in support of oil workers under state repression in Kazakhstan.

Copper company busts union in Kazakhstan

17 January, 2013Activists of the Trade Union of Mining & Metallurgy Workers of Republic of Kazakhstan (TUMMWRK) are under pressure to quit their union and join the company-controlled one. IndustriALL offers global solidarity.

International labour rights prize awarded to independent unions in Kazakhstan

26 April, 2018The Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights has been awarded to the independent trade unions of Kazakhstan represented by Larisa Kharkova, Nurbek Kushakbaev and Amin Eleusinov.