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1,000 metalworkers rally against aluminium plant closure in Russia

4 September, 2012On 2 September 1,000 metalworkers rallied against the closing of aluminium production at Bogoslovsky, an aluminium plant in Krasnoturyinsk (Sverdlovsk area, Russia), which is part of the Rusal group.

Olympic hosts sign communiqué to promote respect for human rights

30 August, 2012A joint human rights communiqué was signed today by the governments of the four countries holding the current and next three summer and winter Olympics (the UK, Russia, Brazil and Korea).

Voestalpine workers in Russia resign over poor wages and conditions

23 August, 2012Voestalpine workers in Yarcevo, Smolensk area, Russia, took an extreme step in the ongoing industrial dispute: 12 out of 18 field engineers resigned collectively, while simultaneously putting forward a list of demands to the management. According to the workers, this is the only way to stop the persistent degradation of working conditions.

Attack on union at Russian auto supplier disrupts production at GM

23 August, 2012Vlankas, a company which supplies bumpers to GM in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, refuses to recognize the Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers (ITUA) local. Several unionized workers were dismissed, causing production problems both at Vlankas and its customer, General Motors.

MMWU helps flood victims in Krasnodar area, Russia

26 July, 2012Mining & Metallurgical Workers Union (MMWU) branch at Novolipetsk Steel became a rallying point for collecting humanitarian aid to the victims of the devastating flood in southwestern Russia.

Workers at Komatsu and GM supplier plant in Russia join ITUA

26 July, 2012Two new ITUA locals were created in Russia, one at Komatsu truck plant in Yaroslavl and the other at VLANAKS, GM and Chevrolet supplier in Saint-Petersburg. VLANAKS management was immediately hostile to the union.

ITUA signs CBA at Benteler in Kaluga, Russia

5 July, 2012The Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers (ITUA), an IndustriALL affiliate, signed a collective bargaining agreement at Benteler in Kaluga, Russia, thus securing the success of the March strike at the plant.

Dispute begins at Nissan, ends at Ford in Russia

16 June, 2012ITUA local at Nissan in Saint-Petersburg held a workers’ conference and adopted collective demands for the first round of negotiations starting on May 31. At Ford in Vsevolozhsk (Saint-Petersburg area) ITUA forced management to make some concessions, and the dispute is close to being resolved.

Russian think-tank: neither workers nor employers benefit from agency labour

16 June, 2012On April 20 the Center for Social and Labour Rights, a Moscow-based think-tank, presented the results of the research on ‘Agency Labour and its Effects on Workers’. Experts found that neither workers nor employers benefit from agency labour.