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Base metals unions in CIS countries confront challenges

20 April, 2018IndustriALL affiliates from CIS countries met on 17-18 April in Tbilisi, Georgia, to discuss union responses to trends and challenges in the base metals sector.

Kazakhstan: ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages

22 March, 2016Around 2000 subcontract workers at ArcelorMittal Temirtau in Kazakhstan have not been getting their wages because of the company’s extensive debts to its contractors.

ArcelorMittal workers in Kazakhstan take to the streets

16 June, 2012During tripartite negotiations the management of ArcelorMittal Temirtau (Kazakhstan) refused to implement a 30% wage rise. On 19 May the workers took to the streets in an action which gathered over 3,000 people.

Metalworkers of Kazakhstan prepare to fight for their 13th salary in court

2 April, 2014The trade union of metalworkers «ZHAKTAU» is going to sue the board of directors of the company ArcelorMittal Temirtau for their refusal to pay the contract based 13th monthly salary for 2013.

The critical analysis of the antilabor law in Kazakhstan is submitted to the ILO

12 September, 2014At the beginning of September of this year the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (CFTUK) sent the review of basic provisions of the Kazakh law "About Labor Unions" to Committee of experts of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The notorious law became object of sharp criticism from the international trade-union movement at a consideration stage as the bill.

Kazakh Oil Construction Company cracks down on union activists

7 April, 2017**UPDATED** On 7 April the court of Astana sentenced Nurbek Kushakbayev to two-and-a-half years in a corrective labour colony for his calls to hold a strike. This is the first time a union leader has been prosecuted through the recently adopted Criminal Code. The judge has also satisfied the OCC’s demand to collect KZT 25 million (US$80,000) from Kushakbayev for alleged harm caused to the company.IndustriALL has joined a campaign against the criminalization of union activities in Kazakhstan.

Kazakh authorities dissolve trade union center

12 January, 2017IndustriALL Global Union expresses its outrage  over the dissolution of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KNPRK).

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.

International campaign helps to free two more Kazakh oil workers

10 April, 2014Under the pressure of the international community two out of seven imprisoned workers were released. Three, including the only woman, Roza Tuletaeva, were alleviated of their conditions of imprisonment. They were transferred to the colony-settlement. However two people, Shabdan Utkilov and Kanat Zhusipbaev so far remain in jail.

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.