Ukraine miners’ strikes, protests win back wages

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

For the past year and a half miners in Ukraine’s state-owned coal industry have carried out strikes with round-the-clock picketing, and blocking entrances to mine bosses’ offices and roads leading toward the mines. They have rallied outside parliament and the…


Coal miners in Ukraine mobilize to be paid back wages

Vol. 82/No. 26 - July 16, 2018

On July 2 miners on first shift at underground mine No. 10 Novovolynska in the Volyn region of Ukraine refused to leave the mine at the end of the shift, and later the second shift joined them. They haven’t been…


Ukraine rail workers fight for job safety

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

Hundreds of rail workers turned out in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, June 14 when the Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine (VPZU) called an open-ended action outside the offices of the state-owned Ukrainian Railway. Rail workers across the…


Ukraine rail workers work-to-rule, refuse unsafe equipment

Vol. 82/No. 23 - June 11, 2018

Members of the Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine (VPZU) employed at the state-owned rail company have been working strictly to company rules since May 14, refusing to operate dangerous equipment. The actions started at six depots and…


Sentsov starts hunger strike, says ‘Free political prisoners!’

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018
Rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, May 11, 2017, demands release of Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko, framed up on fake terrorism charges for opposing Moscow’s 2014 seizure of Crimea. Sentsov, imprisoned in the gulag in Siberia, launched hunger strike May 14.

Oleg Sentsov, an internationally known filmmaker and supporter of a Ukraine independent of Moscow’s control, was arrested in his home in Crimea shortly after the Russian government seized that province in 2014. This move came in response to the victory…


Lessons from Chernobyl disaster on 32nd anniversary

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

The worst nuclear disaster in history took place in Soviet Ukraine 32 years ago when the Chernobyl power plant exploded April 26, 1986. The explosion blew apart the top of reactor No. 4, releasing large amounts of radiation, the core…


Ukraine workers rally May Day in fight for wages, work safety

Vol. 82/No. 20 - May 21, 2018
Workers march on May Day in Kryvyi Rih, a major industrial center in Ukraine, in fight for pay raise, safe working conditions and new union contract at ArcelorMittal steel plant there.

In a rebirth of May Day in Ukraine, iron ore miners, steelworkers and their supporters marched and rallied May 1 in Kryvyi Rih, one of the main industrial centers in the country. The action was organized by the Independent Trade…


Ukraine miners fight for back wages, raises, better conditions

Vol. 82/No. 11 - March 19, 2018
After walking out of work Feb. 14, coal miners in Donetsk region of Ukraine, joined by family members, protest at company headquarters during strike demanding payment of back wages.

Wage arrears owed to working people in Ukraine reached a staggering 2.37 billion hryvnia ($88 million) as of Jan. 1, a 33 percent increase over the past year. About 80 percent is owed to workers in the mining and heavy…


Ukraine miners fight bosses, government over back pay

Vol. 82/No. 10 - March 12, 2018

Coal miners and their families in Novogrodivka, in part of Donetsk province outside Moscow-backed separatist control, rallied outside the bosses’ office there Feb. 14, blocking entrance to the building. The workers demanded payment of wages owed to them. When they…


Ukraine gov’t sues workers for fighting to win back pay

Vol. 82/No. 5 - February 5, 2018

“They want this to serve as a vivid example for all,” Oleksandr Shershnve, a Ukrainian miner taken to court by the bosses for taking part in what they claim was an illegal strike, told Ukrayinska Pravda Dec. 26. “This is…