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Support Ukrainian miners protesting underground

21 September, 2020Today is the 18th day of the underground protest by 149 Ukrainian miners of the Kryvyi Rih Ore Plant, and the protesters' health is deteriorating. A LabourStart campaign to support miners’ demands has been launched.

Ukrainian miners protest underground

8 September, 2020393 miners at four mines belonging to the Kryvyi Rih Iron Ore Plant are protesting underground, demanding a wage increase, better working conditions, and pension preferences due to difficult working conditions. Other demands include an end to workplace safety assessment violations, and that management, which is driving the company into a crisis, is dismissed.

Ukrainian coal miners win after 11-day protest

14 July, 2020Since 30 June, hundreds of coal miners and their wives have been protesting in Kiev, Ukraine, demanding that coal mine operations restart and wage arrears are settled. On 12 July, protestors could finally return to their homes across Ukraine after the government guaranteed action.

Proposed anti-union law threatens Ukrainian union movement

29 May, 2020IndustriALL Global Union and its Ukrainian affiliates oppose the draft anti-union law №2681 that would seriously undermine freedom of association and eliminate the system of social dialogue in Ukraine.

Solidarity for struggle in Ukraine

28 February, 2020On 25 February, the global union movement took solidarity action, supporting a global union federation mission to Kiev, as well as the Ukrainian unions struggling against draft labour and trade union laws in violation of core ILO conventions, national and European law.

Ukrainian coal miners bring challenges to the President

26 February, 2020For the first time in six years, the President of Ukraine participated in the All-Ukrainian coal miners meeting on 25 February in Kiev, and promised to pay all wages owed to coal miners in state-owned enterprises within two months. 

Ukrainian unions oppose anti-worker labour law reform

16 January, 2020Ukrainian unions mobilized their members for a “STOP labour slavery” protest action on 15 January in Kiev against the new draft law On Labour introduced to parliament without prior consultation with unions.

Draft labour law in Ukraine restricts union activities

7 January, 2020Ukraine has a new draft labour law, which is in contravention of national labour law and international core labour standards, and will seriously undermine fundamental workers’ rights.

Nuclear workers protest in Ukraine

5 December, 2019Hundreds of members of the Nuclear Power and Industry Workers Union of Ukraine (Atomprofspilka) protested in Kiev on 4 December against state policy on nuclear industry and the dismissal of the head of publicly owned Energoatom that operates all nuclear power plants in Ukraine.

Unpaid Ukrainian miners finally get their wages

15 November, 2019Following a few months of determined and courageous strikes, protest actions and negotiations, on 14 November, Ukrainian miners from state-owned coal mines received their unpaid wages fully from June to September and partially for October. By the end of October, the total wage arrears to the miners of state-owned coal mines amounted UAH 1,172 million (US $47 million) and dated back to June to October.