British MPs demand bigger tank donations to Ukraine

UKRAINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN - PRESS RELEASE. Ukraine Solidarity Campaign Cross-party motion asks for Warriors, Scimitars and Challenger tanks in increased numbers A cross-party alliance of MPs, including Labour backbenchers and frontbench spokesmen from the SNP have today tabled an Early Day Motion to Parliament calling for a significant increase in UK heavy weapons donations to … Continue reading British MPs demand bigger tank donations to Ukraine

The Stop the War trade union conference and Ukraine

Mohan Sen I only made the second half of the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) trade union conference on 21 January, but I think I got a pretty good sense of the event’s politics. It was broadly what I expected. What was said about opposing war and militarism in general, and increased militarisation and military … Continue reading The Stop the War trade union conference and Ukraine

Ukraine: I am writing to you on behalf of the trolleybus drivers of Kharkiv

Vitaliy, trolleybus driver in Khakiv I am writing to you on behalf of the trolleybus drivers of depot 2 and Saltovsky trolleybus depot in Kharkiv. For many years there have been problems with massive violations of safety regulations, labour legislation and wages in our companies. Kharkiv trolleybus drivers have the lowest wages in Ukraine, about … Continue reading Ukraine: I am writing to you on behalf of the trolleybus drivers of Kharkiv

MODEL MOTION FOR TRADE UNION CONFERENCES

SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE This Congress condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine of February 2022, launched from the Russian Federation, Belarus and Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory. We salute the resistance of the Ukrainian people and its labour movement to this act of imperialist aggression. For the sake of democracy and resisting growing authoritarian tendencies globally, we are for … Continue reading MODEL MOTION FOR TRADE UNION CONFERENCES

[Book Review] Ukraine: Voices of Resistance and Solidarity

RICHARD ABERNETHY The war in Ukraine has generated a vast amount of reportage, analysis, opinion and debate (and also propaganda and disinformation), but the voices of the Ukrainian Left – socialists, feminists, union activists – are too seldom heard. This book does much to fill that gap. Most of the contributors to this collection of … Continue reading [Book Review] Ukraine: Voices of Resistance and Solidarity

Ukraine: Which Side Are You On?

Left-wing Democrats need to stand up for international law Paul Mason Imagine an alt-history of the Spanish Civil War where, after some initial reversals, the anti-fascist side starts winning. They drive back Franco’s armies largely because France, Britain and the USA reject “non-intervention” and send in heavy weapons, offsetting the support coming from Hitler and … Continue reading Ukraine: Which Side Are You On?

Solidarity vital to expel Russia

ByAlena Ivanova As millions of Ukrainians suffer power cuts, Alena Ivanova reports on a recent visit to Kyiv where, despite an imbalance between military and workers’ rights, the need for financial and moral support remains vital The war in Ukraine continues to dominate headlines, with Ukraine’s counter-offensive and Putin’s nuclear threats especially prominent. While the focus is … Continue reading Solidarity vital to expel Russia

Ukraine battered but pushing back against Putin

By Mick Antoniw Labour MS for Pontypridd. As the winter approaches, the war in Ukraine resulting from Russia’s illegal invasion begins a new phase, which will surely test the solidarity of the West and Europe and all those countries supporting Ukraine. It will also severely test Putin and his cohort of supporters in the Kremlin … Continue reading Ukraine battered but pushing back against Putin

THE LEFT VIEW ON THE PROSPECTS OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS

Lately, in the West, the sentiment on the prospects of a peaceful end to the war imposed on the Ukrainian people is heard more and more often. But are such negotiations possible, and who will benefit from them? And does Putin actually want peace? Ukrainian leftists Denys Bondar and Zakhar Popovych provided their take on … Continue reading THE LEFT VIEW ON THE PROSPECTS OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS

Ukraine: A Left-wing Theory of Victory?

You can’t win a war without a war economy By Paul Mason During the past three months, miners in Volyn have protested against what their leaders allege is management corruption. Nurses in Ivanovo Frankovsk have protested against unpaid wages. At the Lviv academy of Typography students demonstrated against the institution’s closure, as what they say is part of a World Bank-funded … Continue reading Ukraine: A Left-wing Theory of Victory?

‘Please stand with Ukraine and help us win this war’

Nataliya Levytska  deputy chairperson of the Independent Mineworkers Union of Ukraine. Nataliya Levytska is deputy chairperson of the Independent Mineworkers Union of Ukraine  represented the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) World Congress,in Australia.   During her visit she spoke with   Green Left about the situation of Ukrainian … Continue reading ‘Please stand with Ukraine and help us win this war’

UKRAINIAN UNIONS CALL ON THE ITUC TO EXPEL PUTIN’S PUPPET RUSSIAN TRADE UNIONS

BUT BRITISH TUC BACKS RUSSIAN PRO-WAR PUPPETS AT ITUC WORLD CONGRESS The ITUC — the world’s largest global trade union confederation, with 331 affiliated organisations in more than 160 countries has started its —fifth world congress in Melbourne, Australia. In a motion to the ITUC , the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), … Continue reading UKRAINIAN UNIONS CALL ON THE ITUC TO EXPEL PUTIN’S PUPPET RUSSIAN TRADE UNIONS

Statement by Ukrainian Feminists in Solidarity with Iranian Women

We, Ukrainian feminists, express our solidarity with Iranian uprising, triggered by the brutal murder of Mahsa Amini by the Iranian Morality Police. Thousands of women responded to this crime by going out on the streets, cutting their hair and publicly taking off and burning hijabs as a symbol of their oppression. What started as a protest against … Continue reading Statement by Ukrainian Feminists in Solidarity with Iranian Women

STATE AGENCIES BEING  MISUSED TO ATTACK FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS IN UKRAINE

ARMA, SBI, TRETIAKOVA AND CO. AND TRADE UNION PROPERTY Representatives of the ruling party in Ukraine are using the newly established law enforcement agencies (the SBI and the ARMA), which were created on recommendation of international partners, to put pressure on trade unions. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is a law enforcement agency of … Continue reading STATE AGENCIES BEING  MISUSED TO ATTACK FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS IN UKRAINE

The Party of European Socialists Congress on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The Party of European Socialists brings together the Socialist, Social Democratic and Labour Parties of the European  Union.  The PES  Congress took place in Berlin recently and aadopted a resolution which covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Also in attendance was SD Platform from Ukraine. Extracts from the Congress resolution are published below - full … Continue reading The Party of European Socialists Congress on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Nottingham: Ukraine Must Win! Disarm Putin Now!

As Russia increases the scale and barbarity of its terrorist attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, it is essential that we continue to support Ukraine achieve its victory. Join us as we march from Sherwood Community Centre to raise awareness in the local area and hear personal stories from the Ukrainian community. Marching … Continue reading Nottingham: Ukraine Must Win! Disarm Putin Now!

SD Platform Ukraine: Statement on Russian Missile Strikes

Russia attacked Ukraine with 83 missiles and 17 kamikaze drones across entire Ukraine today. 45 missiles were intercepted, and 9 Iran-supplied kamikaze drones were destroyed by Air Defense Forces. Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Zaporizhzhia, Zhytomyr, Kropyvnytskyi, Kremenchuk, Sumy, Kharkiv, and Dnipro were hit by shelling. According to preliminary data, 11 people died and 64 … Continue reading SD Platform Ukraine: Statement on Russian Missile Strikes

Ukrainian Democratic Socialists Stand on the War and Future of Ukraine

The people of Ukraine have been facing hard challenges, yet they have proven their ability to fight for the right to decide on their own fate, and their determination to defend the country and to end the war as soon as possible. The authorities and representatives of market-fundamentalist ideology, together with big business, keep pushing … Continue reading Ukrainian Democratic Socialists Stand on the War and Future of Ukraine

Україна: голоси опору та солідарності

 Вийшла друком збірка написаних під час триваючої повномасштабної війни матеріалів українських та зарубіжних лівих під назвою «Ukraine voices of resistance and solidarity». Зокрема, до збірки увійшли статті активістів і активісток ГО «Соціальний рух» (Т. Білоуса, В. Дудіна, В. Пігуль, Ю. Юрченко). Також у збірці присутні праці М.Антоніва, Дж.-П. Хімки, О.Дутчак, Н.Левицької, Е.Тюсена, Б.Ференса, І.Будрайтскіса, Н.Воробйова, … Continue reading Україна: голоси опору та солідарності

FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS OF UKRAINE, ITS AFFILIATES PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF RUSSIAN ARMED AGGRESSION

For over 8 months, Ukraine has been heroically resisting the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation. The invaders destroy our companies, infrastructure facilities, shell residential areas, torture and kill Ukrainians. In conditions of aggressive hostilities, the life of Ukrainian people has significantly deteriorated. Many thousands of Ukrainian citizens were left without work, without a roof … Continue reading FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS OF UKRAINE, ITS AFFILIATES PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF RUSSIAN ARMED AGGRESSION

Remembrance done wrong. Patriotic narratives, Left-wing history and constructed imageries of Ukrainian national remembrance policies

Vladyslav Starodubtsev A demonstration in Kyiv during the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917 “I wanted to dedicate this step to one thing – if we want understanding and national unity, we must live on the true story. Lies will not lead to partnership,” — famous quote by Ukrainian president Viktor Uschenko on the granting Stepan Bandera status … Continue reading Remembrance done wrong. Patriotic narratives, Left-wing history and constructed imageries of Ukrainian national remembrance policies

Video: How Can Labour Help Ukraine Win Meeting at Labour Party Conference

In case you missed our powerful fringe event on Ukraine in Liverpool last week at the end of Labour Party Conference you can watch it here. With Alena Ivanova Christopher Ford Alex Sobel MP, Tessa Millican (Chair of Open Labour) Simon Wheeler (Assistant Gen Sec ASLEF) Stephen Doughty MP & two Ukrainian speakers inc the … Continue reading Video: How Can Labour Help Ukraine Win Meeting at Labour Party Conference

UKRAINE MUST WIN! VOTE FOR THE NUM MOTION AT LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2022

The Labour Party Annual Conference starts on Sunday 25 in Liverpool.  The conference takes place as the Ukrainian people are fighting for their freedom from Russian Imperialism.  The National Union of Mineworkers, which is affiliated to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, has submitted a motion to the Labour Party Conference on Ukraine. It sets out a … Continue reading UKRAINE MUST WIN! VOTE FOR THE NUM MOTION AT LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2022

UKRAINE: Voices of resistance and solidarity

A collection of recent writings by Ukrainians and socialists around the world You can obtain a copy of this exciting new book here: Ukraine voices of resistance and solidarity ABOUT THE BOOK This is an extremely important book published at this tragic moment when our country has been invaded. It builds a bridge of solidarity … Continue reading UKRAINE: Voices of resistance and solidarity

UKRAINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS MEETING

Report back of delegation to Ukraine - Monday 5 September, 20:00 (London) UKRAINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS MEETING: Monday 5 September, 20:00 (London) Report back of delegation to Ukraineby Alena Ivanov and Christopher FordLatest situation in the countrywith speaker directly from Ukraine on current situation REGISTER HERE for the meeting. News and analysisNew Aid Delivery To … Continue reading UKRAINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS MEETING

Unions Strive to Keep Ukraine’s Mines Running, Protect Civilians and Appeal for Solidarity

Nataliya Levytska (left) Interview with Nataliya Levytska Deputy Chairperson of the NGPU (Independent Mineworkers Union of Ukraine), by Christopher Ford, Ukraine Solidarity Campaign.  This interview will be appear in the new book UKRAINE Voices of Resistance and Solidarity which will be published shortly. Thank you to Yuliya Ivanova for translation. Ukrainian trade union's demonstration - … Continue reading Unions Strive to Keep Ukraine’s Mines Running, Protect Civilians and Appeal for Solidarity

International Celebration of Ukraine’s Independence in Kyiv

A delegation from the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign  participated in an event hosted by Соціальний рух  (Social Movement) in Kyiv on 24 August. The event was chaired by Vitaliy Dudin of Social Movement and Speakers were:  Andriy Zdorov (Odesa) and Serhiy Hirík (Kyiv) historians of the Ukrainian socialist movement, and from the UK: Alena Ivanova of … Continue reading International Celebration of Ukraine’s Independence in Kyiv

REPORT FROM BORODYANKA, BUCHA AND IRPEN – BARBARISM OF THE RUSSIAN INVASION

A scene from Borodyanka (photo by Simon Weller) On 26 August 2022, a delegation from the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign was taken to Borodyanka, Bucha and Irpen, areas which are just north of Kyiv.   These places were under Russian occupation from when the invasion began on 24 February until early April. Following liberation, it became clear … Continue reading REPORT FROM BORODYANKA, BUCHA AND IRPEN – BARBARISM OF THE RUSSIAN INVASION

New Aid Delivery To Ukrainian Trade Unions

The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is pleased to report that on 27 August, with the generous of assistance of John Abbey,  much needed aid was delivered to the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) in Kyiv. Present was Simon Weller, Assistant General Secretary of ASLEF,  Alena Ivanova of Another Europe is Possible and Christopher … Continue reading New Aid Delivery To Ukrainian Trade Unions

Ukraine: Support workers’ struggle for labour and union rights

TRADE UNION LEADERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD CALL FOR A VETO ON THE DRAFT LAW NO 5371 - The Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine initiated a worldwide campaign to sign a petition against introduction of the draft law No 5371. A petition to this effect has already been posted on the LabourStart website and … Continue reading Ukraine: Support workers’ struggle for labour and union rights

UNION AID: SUPPORT UKRAINE MINEWORKERS’ RESISTANCE

Help us raise funds to support Ukraine's miners' unions, supporting their members resisting the Russian invasion. Donate Here:  Union Aid Crowdfunder Ukraine's miners trade unions – the Independent Trade Union of Ukrainian Miners (NGPU) and the Trade Union of Coal Industry Workers of Ukraine (PRUP) – have made urgent appeals for aid to assist their … Continue reading UNION AID: SUPPORT UKRAINE MINEWORKERS’ RESISTANCE

UKRAINE MUST WIN: MODEL MOTION FOR LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

The 2022 Labour Party Annual Conference takes place in Liverpool from Sunday 25 to Wednesday 28 September.  Every CLP, trade union and other affiliated organisations are entitled to send delegates and motions to Annual Conference. The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign has produced a model motion which takes a clear position of solidarity with Ukraine and its’s … Continue reading UKRAINE MUST WIN: MODEL MOTION FOR LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

JOINT APPEAL BY UKRAINIAN TRADE UNIONS AGAINST ATTACK ON WORKERS RIGHTS

We publish below a joint appeal to President Zelensky by all the trade union federations of Ukraine in opposition to the  Law 5161 introducing “zero-hour” contracts and Law 5371 abolishing labour rights in Small and Medium Enterprises, which were approved in their second reading by the Ukrainian Parliament on July 19. These laws will abolish … Continue reading JOINT APPEAL BY UKRAINIAN TRADE UNIONS AGAINST ATTACK ON WORKERS RIGHTS

Union Aid Arrives for Miners Resistance in Ukraine

Ukraine Solidarity Campaign coordinating with trade unions, NUM, GMB and ASLEF has delivered a vehicle and medical equipment to mineworkers in Ukraine.  This is part of an ongoing effort to raise finances for aid to the mineworkers trade unions in Ukraine whose members are engaged in resisting the invasion. The supplies, including a heavy 4x4 … Continue reading Union Aid Arrives for Miners Resistance in Ukraine

URGENT FINANCIAL APPEAL TO AID THE UKRAINIAN MINEWORKERS RESISTANCE

Since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the mining communities of Donbas have faced relentless attack and bombardment.  In response mine workers through their trade unions and labour collectives have organised to aid and support to the resistance, helping miners in the volunteer Territorial Defence Force, local battalions of the National Guard and the Armed … Continue reading URGENT FINANCIAL APPEAL TO AID THE UKRAINIAN MINEWORKERS RESISTANCE