A government media blackout of the truckers’ fight has made news on the strike scarce. But reports from rallies, pickets and trucks camped in parking lots show actions took place across the country.
On Dec. 1 the government declared the Association of Carriers of Russia, the truckers’ union, a “foreign agent,” in an attempt to isolate the drivers and weaken participation in the walkout. On Dec. 11 national union leader Andrey Bazutin was detained and sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest in another step aimed at undermining the protests.
Other arrests of regional and local union leaders and cop harassment of local actions supporting the truckers show Moscow’s concern about the resilience of the drivers and their refusal to be intimidated.
Bosses push for profits fuels rise in job deaths
Deaths on the job go up for third year in a row
No worker has to die!
Amtrak, gov’t seek to cover up bosses’ role in Wash. derailment
Fla. rail worker fights firing after speaking out on safety
‘Unions are important not just for pay, but for safety’
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