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Kazakh union leader Erlan Baltabay imprisoned again

1 November, 2019IndustriALL Global Union and the ITUC are calling for the release of Erlan Baltabay, a leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers’ Union in Kazakhstan, who has been returned to prison to serve a new 5-month term.

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.

Kazakh trade union leader faces 8 years in jail

1 July, 2019IndustriALL Global Union has called on the president of Kazakhstan to intervene in the trial of Erlan Baltabay, a prominent trade union leader who is facing eight years in a jail and lifetime ban on holding a union position. The court is due to give its verdict any day.

Activists in Kazakhstan face continued repression

15 March, 2019Workers in Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan, have been holding rallies since 22 February, demanding increased wages for low-paid categories of workers to 150 thousand tenge (US$395), jobs for the unemployed, and full freedom to exercise trade union activities. Kazakh authorities have responded by arresting 19 people.

Union activists face new repression and attacks in Kazakhstan

23 November, 2018Early in November, Dmitry Seniyavskiy, a trade union leader of the local branch of the Fuel and Energy Workers' Union (FEWU) in the Karaganda Region was attacked and brutally beaten by a band of unidentified goons. FEWU leader Erlan Baltabai is under arrest on trumped-up accusations.

Rebuilding union strength in Caspian region

17 October, 2018Unions representing workers in the oil and gas sector of the Caspian Sea region gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for a network meeting on 3 October 2018.

Unions unite to defend workers’ rights

4 October, 2018Over 80 delegates representing 40 IndustriALL affiliates from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) met on 1 - 3 October in Baku, Azerbaijan, to discuss effective trade union response against the challenges in the regions.

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.

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.