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IndustriALL 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.
12,000 members of IndustriALL affiliate Nuclear Power and Industry Workers Union of Ukraine (Atomprofspilka) protested in eight different cities on 12 April to protest a state policy of low energy tariffs, which result in low pay for workers.
Some 240 miners were needlessly trapped 1,000 metres underground for several hours after the local electricity provider cut power to the Gorsakaya mine in the Ukraine on 2 April.
Nine people have embarked on an indefinite hunger strike after the Ukrainian government failed to fully reimburse millions of dollars in unpaid wages for Ukrainian coal miners dating back to 2015.
20 union female activists from IndustriALL Ukrainian affiliates hold their first meeting of the women network in Chernigov to discuss challenges faced by women at their workplaces and adopt the action plan.
IndustriALL affiliate the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NGPU) reports that union members are placed under pressure and have their labour rights violated at mines owned by Evraz Sukha Balka in the Dnepropetrovsk region of Ukraine. Private security employed by the company regularly conducts searches of workers.
Mine workers at two state enterprises in the Ukraine, Volynvuhillia in the Volyn region and Myrnohradvuhillya in the Donetsk region, have started protests, demanding the payment of salaries overdue for several months. The miners are supported by IndustriALL affiliates the Coal Mining Workers’ Union of Ukraine and the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU).
Miners at the Kapustin and Novodruzhska mines in the Lugansk region of Ukraine have come to the surface a week of protesting underground over unpaid salaries. It follows a meeting on 20 July where the Ministry of Energy and Coal approved the payment of outstanding wages, which in some cases stretch back to 2015.
Miners from two mines owned by the state enterprise Lysychanskvugillya in the Lugansk region of Ukraine are staying underground, demanding that salaries owed are paid.
Miners in Ukraine continue to endanger themselves going down the pit. Four miners, members of IndustriALL affiliate the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine, were seriously injured in an explosion on 12 June. IndustriALL supports Ukrainian trade unions in their demands to improve health and safety at enterprises without delay.
The miners of the Ukranian enterprises Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine (KZRK) and Evraz Sukha Balka and workers of the ArcelorMittal-Kryvyi Rih steel plant have been protesting for more than a week, demanding significant wage increases. They have created a joint strike committee to coordinate their actions under the leadership of IndustriALL affiliate Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU).
Management at the Ukrainian mining company Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine (KZRK) has agreed to increase wages by 50 per cent. According to IndustriALL affiliate Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU), 440 miners have stopped the underground protest and come back up to continue negotiations.
440 miners from the Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine (KZRK) mines in Ukraine, have started an underground protest demanding higher wage.
International Trade Union Confederation and IndustriALL Global Union representatives visited Ukraine on 28 and 29 March to express solidarity with Ukrainian trade unions and highlight the problems faced by workers.
Miners in Ukraine continue to lose their lives at work. A recent accident at a state-owned mine in Stepnova killed eight miners belonging to IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU).
Miners at the state-owned mine no. 10 Novovolynska in Ukraine have ended the hunger strike they started on 7 November after receiving assurances that their main demand, for unpaid wages, will be met.
50 miners at the state-owned mine no. 10 Novovolynska in Ukraine are continuing a hunger strike that they started four days ago to protest unpaid wages.
Miners at the state-owned mine No. 10 Novovolynska in Ukraine have been on hunger strike since 7 November. Miners are demanding payment of three months’ salaries they are owed.
ITUC and IndustriALL intervene as mine worker sets himself on fire after being driven to despair by the authorities’ indifference about unpaid wages.
Over 50,000 trade union members and workers from all over Ukraine rallied in Kiev on 6 July protesting against the sharp increase in utility tariffs.
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