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Joint statement of European and Ukrainian trade unions on trade union rights in Ukraine Featured

Considering that the 20th EU-Ukraine Summit is held in Brussels on the 9th of July 2018, and that the meeting of the Council of the EU-Ukraine Association is planned in December, the European and Ukrainian trade unions believe that urgent measures should be taken, with the support of the European Commission, to improve the social and economic situation in the country, and to increase the effectiveness of social dialogue and adherence to the fundamental ILO Conventions.


 

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ITUC appealed to President of Ukraine

The International Confederation of Trade Unions (ICC) reacted to the appeal of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine regarding the Draft Labor Code (Draft Law No. 1658) and addressed a letter to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. A copy of the document was sent to Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy and chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pensions Lyudmila Denisova.


 

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Victoria Narynska represented KVPU at the Global Organising Conference Featured

On the 24-28th of  April in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada with the support of ITUC, Unifor and Global Organising Academy, Global Organising Conference  took place, in which participated national organisers from 46 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas. The event was held at Family Education Centre of Unifor, which is the largest private sector union in Canada.

The Chairman of the Independent Trade Union of workers of Azur Air Ukraine Airlines, member of the KVPU’s youth committee Victoria Narynska represented KVPU at the Global Organising Conference. She shared her impressions about the conference.


 

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ITUC and IndustriALL appealed to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Featured

Mr Volodymyr GROYSMAN

Prime Minister of Ukraine

DGS/JW/pdc April 20, 2017

Dear Mr Prime Minister,

A joint mission of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 182 million workers in 160

countries, and IndustriALL, representing 50 million workers in industrial sectors in 140 countries, had the

opportunity to meet representatives of your ministers of Social Policy, Economic Development and

Trade, and Energy and Coal Industry.

On behalf of our member organisations, the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU) and the

Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), and their industrial federations we have

expressed our deep concern about the lack of any respect shown by your government for the workers of

Ukraine.

We had to conclude that the workers and their unions are desperate – they are facing huge problems

that are totally undermining the future of themselves and their families.

They are facing unacceptable delays in the payment of their wages, restructuring and closures of their

workplaces that lead to unemployment, and their unions are not respected as social partners to discuss

and negotiate measures to protect the rights of their members.

The attitude of your ministers shows ignorance of social partners and the trade union members which

forms a smouldering source for massive labour conflicts that will undermine the social stability of your

country.

The attitude of your ministers is in total contradiction with the principles of cooperation between the EU

and Ukraine as laid down in the Association Agreement that includes promoting of the decent work

agenda and social dialogue and enhancing social cohesion and the capacity of social partners.

One of the most recent developments that shows a total lack of respect of social partners is the process

of the review of the Labour Code of Ukraine.

Recommendations of the International Labour Organization were mainly ignored and trade unions are

not consulted on major changes that will undermine the rights of workers in Ukraine and that will be in

contradiction with international standards.

We also had to conclude that your ministers of Economic Development and Trade and of Energy and

Coal Industry cannot provide any perspective on economic development or a reform that includes a

protection and perspective for workers in the industrial sectors of Ukraine, while at the same time they

ignore trade unions as real social partners.

Dear Mr Prime Minister, the international trade union movement is more than worried about the lack of

respect that your government is showing to the workers of Ukraine.

We will support our member organisations in their struggle for a decent future of the workers of

Ukraine and will inform the ILO and the European Commission about the lack of respect shown by your

government for industrial labour standards.

We are asking you as Prime Minister of Ukraine to intervene and to urge members of your government

to respect the International Labour Standards and to include social partners in any policy or decision

that affect the workers of Ukraine to avoid unnecessary confrontations in the near future.

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Condolences Featured

Members of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine and personally I were shocked by the news of Grigor Gradev, workers activities specialist in ILO Budapest office and former Executive secretary of the PERC, passing away. We all are deeply saddened by the loss of our brother, who made a great contribution to the development of the trade union movement and to  the struggle for social justice and peace. We do appreciate Grigor’s help for Ukrainian independent trade union movement.

The Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine extends deepest sympathies to Grigor Gradev family, friends and colleagues.

Mykhailo Volynets

Chairman

Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine

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ITUC : Political Leaders Must Act to Stop Civil War in Ukraine

Brussels, 7 May 2014 (ITUC OnLine): With the imminent risk that the violence in Ukraine will escalate into a full-scale civil war, the ITUC is calling from political leaders from Ukraine, Russia and the broader international community to commit unequivocally to a non-violent, negotiated settlement which respects democracy, human rights and the fundamental principles of international law.

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