Ukrainian Railworkers Union Address to ASLEF Conference

Volodymyr Kozelskyiv, Chair of VPZU, Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine addressed the ASLEF annual congress on 19 May.  The VPZU has been doing heroic work in extreme conditions.  ASLEF which is an affiliate to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, declared that they were proud to send their unwavering solidarity to the Ukrainian railway workers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQEKuynMQlo&t=63s Volodymyr Kozelskyiv, address to … Continue reading Ukrainian Railworkers Union Address to ASLEF Conference

WORKERS’ SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE – REPORT BACK FROM DELEGATION TO LVIV

7pm, Wednesday 25 MayMarchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB Speakers include three Workers' Liberty supporters who took part in the recent European solidarity delegation to Ukraine; Vitaliy Dudin, President of Ukrainian socialist organisation Sotsialnyi Rukh and a Russian anti-war activist. UK trade union activists who recently took part in a solidarity delegation to … Continue reading WORKERS’ SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE – REPORT BACK FROM DELEGATION TO LVIV

War and Resistance Report No. 6

How is the Russian army performing on the battlefield? Marko Bojcun The Russian state under Putin has made a determined effort for the past twenty years to rebuild its armed forces, to equip them with the latest weapons, educate the ranks and professionalise their commanders. Its forces have gained valuable experience fighting in Chechnya, Syria, … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 6

Report: International conference of European Solidarity with Ukraine

On May 5 and 6, 2022, a two-day international conference of the European Solidarity Network with Ukraine with the support of the NGO "Social Movement" was held in Lviv, Ukraine. The international delegation included left-wing politicians, parliamentarians, trade unionists, journalists from Austria, Argentina, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Poland, Finland, France and Switzerland. … Continue reading Report: International conference of European Solidarity with Ukraine

What the Left’s fight for worker rights in Ukraine and Russia has in common, and what it does not

By Jeremy Morris It is understandable and right that all the focus of left solidarity should be on Ukraine right now and for the foreseeable future. However, it is useful for left activists in the West to have some awareness of the situation before the invasion and now in Russia. So in this piece I … Continue reading What the Left’s fight for worker rights in Ukraine and Russia has in common, and what it does not

FASCISM AND THE IMPERIALISM OF THE KREMLIN

By Andriy Rumata The essence of any imperialism of human civilization is to expand its influence. In every sense. But imperialism has always taken different forms depending on the social formation. If feudalism's imperialism pursued expansion of its territories by appealing to "religious wars", capitalism's imperialist is looking for entirely other justifications for its imperial … Continue reading FASCISM AND THE IMPERIALISM OF THE KREMLIN

Communications Workers of America Solidarity with Ukrainian Resistance!

Solidarity with the Resistance of the Ukrainian People!  Russian Troops Out Now! WHEREAS Ukraine has long been under the domination of Russian Czars, the Soviet Union, and now Putin; WHEREAS this has meant the suppression of Ukrainian culture, the exploitation of workers, and the abuse of the land and resources; WHEREAS Ukrainian people have continually fought for freedom and self-determination, including the … Continue reading Communications Workers of America Solidarity with Ukrainian Resistance!

Scottish Trade Union Congress stands in solidarity with Ukraine

By Dale Street Despite its limitations, policy on Ukraine adopted by the Scottish TUC at its 2022 congress, held in Aberdeen in late April, was very far removed from the politics of the Stop the War Coalition (STW) and the Communist Party’s Morning Star (MS) newspaper. In his opening address to congress STUC President Pat Rafferty described … Continue reading Scottish Trade Union Congress stands in solidarity with Ukraine

LONDON REFUSE WORKERS PROTEST AT EMPLOYERS BUSINESS IN RUSSIA

Camden and Westminster Veolia refuse workers protest in support of fellow trade union brothers and sisters in Ukraine GMB Members protesting outside their depot Members of the general workers union GMB held a protest following the expose their employer Veolia was still operating in Russia. This grassroots action is a model of workers solidarity with … Continue reading LONDON REFUSE WORKERS PROTEST AT EMPLOYERS BUSINESS IN RUSSIA

UNITED AGAINST PUTIN -PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY

This May Day weekend Ukraine Solidarity Campaign joined with Russian Against the War in calling a protest at the Russian Embassy on Saturday 30 April.  The protest united activists of the labour movement with Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, Belarussians  in opposition to the Putin regime and the war on Ukraine.  There were calls for freedom for … Continue reading UNITED AGAINST PUTIN -PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY

NO to NATO, or the identity crisis of the Spanish left

Elisa Moros  The terrible images reaching us after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kyiv region reveal the scope of the Russian offensive. These images force political leaders to unanimously condemn Putin's attack on Ukraine, including Putin’s natural allies (the far-right). In this context, some of the most radical among us feel the need … Continue reading NO to NATO, or the identity crisis of the Spanish left

ARE PUTIN’S EGGS HARD BOILED OR STILL TOO SOFT?

WAR AND RESISTANCE REPORT NO. 4 MARKO BOJCUN Ukraine’s army and territorial defence have repelled the Russian army so far for three essential reasons: first, its regular army, territorial defence brigades and volunteer battalions have a stronger motivation and sense of purpose in defending their homeland than the invading Russian enemy; second, they have employed … Continue reading ARE PUTIN’S EGGS HARD BOILED OR STILL TOO SOFT?

JOIN US FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE 21 APRIL 8:00PM

The history of Ukraine is one of oppression and the struggle of the people against it.   A country the size of France it is one of the richest territories in Europe in terms of its natural resources, farming land and minerals, but rival powers sought to exploit Ukraine and deny it self-determination.   In response the … Continue reading JOIN US FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE 21 APRIL 8:00PM

ЛОНДОН СОЛІДАРНИЙ З УКРАЇНОЮ

UNION STAND WITH UKRAINE DEMONSTRATION IN LONDON - VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIgt6vmWbrE У Лондоні відбулася демонстрація, скликана профспілками Великобританії у рамках кампанії солідарності з Україною. На початку акції виступив член парламенту Алекс Собел. До учасників мітингу на Даунінг-стіт, у відеоформаті зробив звернення Стоп Путін! Ні Війні проти України ! Профспілки - за Мир! Голова Федерації профспілок України … Continue reading ЛОНДОН СОЛІДАРНИЙ З УКРАЇНОЮ

War and Resistance Report No. 3

Marko Bojcun Over 300 members of the Trade Union of Metallurgists and Miners of Ukraine, from the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant in Dnipro organise a battalion of the local the Territorial Defence Force to resist the invasion. “Denazification” Mariupol, Bucha. Irpen. Borodianka, Troatianets, Kramatorsk, the outskirts of Kyiv...By the time this blog is published the list … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 3

Ten Turning Points: A Brief History of Ukraine

John-Paul Himka The current war being waged on Ukraine has provoked a surge of support for the people of Ukraine.  To help a greater understanding of Ukraine we are hosting an online event on 21 April 8:00 PM (London time) with the Ukrainian historian John-Paul Himka:  AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE.  In advance … Continue reading Ten Turning Points: A Brief History of Ukraine

TRADE UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

On Saturday 9 April a demonstration took place in London called by UK trade unions and supported by both trade union federations of Ukraine. Published below are the statements from the Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine. Ukraine Solidarity Campaign a the demonstration on Saturday 9 April https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9TVrnIGMhAContinue reading TRADE UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

Russian building international alliance of far-right parties and organizations

(This article originally appeared in Norwegian in Verdens Gang.) By Anton Shekhovtsov. Russia seems to be getting serious about building an international alliance of extreme right parties that would aim at undermining the liberal democratic consensus in the West. In addition to providing financial support for parties such as France’s Front National and using extreme right activists and politicians as tools of … Continue reading Russian building international alliance of far-right parties and organizations

Russia Bombs Refugees at Kramatorsk Station

In a new act of barbarism the Russian forces have bombed the railway station in Kramatorsk killing 30 and injuring 100.  The station was packed with people boarding an evacuation trains, mostly women, children and elderly. The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group reported that the Russian forces had  already bombed railway tracks near Barvenkove Station … Continue reading Russia Bombs Refugees at Kramatorsk Station

Ukrainian socialist: ‘The future of demilitarisation lies in stopping Russia’s war machine now’

Ukrainian trade unionists who formed a local brigade of the territorial defence force Vitaliy Dudin (right) Vitaliy Dudin, head of the Ukrainian democratic socialist organisation Sotsyalnyi Rukh (Social Movement), spoke from Cherkasy, Ukraine, on April 6, to Green Left’s Federico Fuentes about the current state of Russia’s invasion, the scale of peoples’ resistance to it and key issues such as … Continue reading Ukrainian socialist: ‘The future of demilitarisation lies in stopping Russia’s war machine now’

Stop the war and the genocide in Ukraine

Appeal from the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine To:ITUC affiliated organizationsIndustriAll GU affiliated organizationsEI affiliated organizationsIUF affiliated organizations Stop the war and the genocide in Ukraine Dear Brothers and Sisters,The Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine calls you to take all possibleactions to stop the genocide of the Ukrainian people and to … Continue reading Stop the war and the genocide in Ukraine

An appeal by mayors and local government officials in the UK

End the kidnapping, imprisonment and violence against mayors, local government representatives in Ukraine Enerhodar, 20 March. Protest against the abduction of the deputy mayor, Ivan Samoidiuk We, elected mayors and other local government representatives, condemn the reign of terror in areas of Ukraine occupied by the Russian army. We demand an end to the use … Continue reading An appeal by mayors and local government officials in the UK

STOP UNLOADING RUSSIAN FOSSIL FUELS

Urgent Appeal from Ukrainian trade unions for solidarity Ukrainian trade union organizations call on their trade union brothers and sisters to stop unloading Russian fossil fuels. They appealed to the ETUC, ETWF and trade unions in European countries.  Dear Sisters and Brothers, On behalf of the members of our trade union organisations, we want to express gratitude … Continue reading STOP UNLOADING RUSSIAN FOSSIL FUELS

ON THE CURRENT STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS

Report onthe War, No.2 by Marko Bojcun The Ukrainian negotiating position Russia and Ukraine have set out their respective conditions and demands for ending the war and sent their representatives into direct negotiations in Istanbul. On 29 March Volodymyr Zelensky declared that Ukraine was ready to become a neutral state, belonging to no military bloc, … Continue reading ON THE CURRENT STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS

ПРОФСПІЛКИ ВИСТУПАЮТЬ НА СТОРОНІ УКРАЇНИ

Ми засуджуємо російське вторгнення в Україну та закликаємо до негайного припинення вогню та виведення російських військ з усієї території України. Насильство з боку російського уряду призвело до загибелі тисяч українців та змусило мільйони людей залишити свої будинки. Ми підтримуємо народ України в цей час його страждань. Як профспілковий рух ми закликаємо до справедливого миру. Ми … Continue reading ПРОФСПІЛКИ ВИСТУПАЮТЬ НА СТОРОНІ УКРАЇНИ

UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

Labour Movement Demonstration - Assemble Parliament Square,12:00 noon, Saturday 9 April London - followed by rally at Downing Street.    A major demonstration of Labour Movement solidarity with Ukraine has been called for April 9th. The initial supporters include the Public and Commercial Services Union, the general union GMB, National Union of Mineworkers, ASLEF the … Continue reading UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

Huge London support for Ukraine

Corinna Lotz Over 150,000 people demanded an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and denounced Putin’s regime in a powerful and spirited demonstration in London on March 26. Ukraine Solidarity Campaign banner Russians living in the capital marched under blue and white banners symbolising their flag without red – “without blood” – and appealed to … Continue reading Huge London support for Ukraine

Ukraine today is fighting for its existence and its future.

Україна сьогодні веде боротьбу за своє існування і своє майбутнє. Ukraine today is fighting for its existence and its future. Thousands of lives and millions of broken destinies are the price that the people of Ukraine have already paid in the war with Russia and for the right to self-determination. Bloody battles with Russian invaders … Continue reading Ukraine today is fighting for its existence and its future.

ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WAR

War and Resistance: Weekly Report by Marko Bojcun Four weeks into the invasion of Ukraine the advance of Russia’s ground forces has been halted by a determined resistance. Russia’s air force has been unable to take control of the airspace over Ukraine. Ukraine’s air force is still attacking Russian planes and helicopters and its ground … Continue reading ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WAR

end the addiction to fossil fuel‑ support the ukrainian resistance

alan thornett offers a detailed discussion of the situation in Ukraine and the need for a rapid global transition away from fossil fuels. End the addiction to fossil fuel. For a rapid (and global) transition to renewable energy. Support the Ukrainian resistance. Putin’s merciless invasion of Ukraine – which is his next step in the restoration … Continue reading end the addiction to fossil fuel‑ support the ukrainian resistance

TERROR INCREASING IN AREAS UNDER RUSSIAN OCCUPATION

Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Viktor Maruniak Photo VHoru.ua There is grave concern that the Russian invaders who seized Viktor Maruniak, the Head of the Stara Zburivka Council in the Kherson oblast, three days ago are savagely torturing him and placing his very life in danger. This is the second time that the Russians … Continue reading TERROR INCREASING IN AREAS UNDER RUSSIAN OCCUPATION

STATEMEMT ON THE BAN ON SOME PARTIES

Recently, the National Defence and Security Council decided for the temporary suspensions of the activities of a number of Ukrainian political parties. The list includes both major opposition parties and less known ones that use words ‘progressive’, ‘left’ or ‘socialist’ in their names. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accused them of “connections with Russia” not … Continue reading STATEMEMT ON THE BAN ON SOME PARTIES

РУКИ ПРОЧЬ ОТ УКРАИНЫ! ЗА СОЛИДАРНОСТЬ ПРОТИВ ВОЙНЫ!

Заявление Международной сети Глобального института труда Начавшееся 24 февраля 2022 года полномасштабное вторжение российских войск на территорию Украины развязало кровопролитную войну в центре Европы. Гибнут не только военные с обеих сторон, но и мирные жители, жизнь людей, на землю которых пришла война, превращается в кошмар. В этих условиях профсоюзы и другие организации трудящихся не могут … Continue reading РУКИ ПРОЧЬ ОТ УКРАИНЫ! ЗА СОЛИДАРНОСТЬ ПРОТИВ ВОЙНЫ!

GLI Network Statement on Ukraine

Hands off Ukraine! For solidarity against war! The GLI Network has called for for the immediate withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukrainian Territory and for solidarity against war. The full-scale invasion of Ukrainian territory by Russian military forces on 24 February 2022 has unleashed a murderous war at the centre of Europe. Not only soldiers on … Continue reading GLI Network Statement on Ukraine

Ukraine’s Socialist Heritage

By John-Paul Himka May Day in the then Austrian ruled West Ukrainian city of Lviv, ealry 1900's. Putin’s Russia is raining destruction down on the citizens and infrastructure of Ukraine, supposedly in the name of the “denazification” of the country. The Russian president and his propaganda machine have been greatly exaggerating the strength of neofascist … Continue reading Ukraine’s Socialist Heritage