Monthly Archives: April 2015

Independent Miners Union Statement on Miners Struggle

There has been an growth of miners protests in Ukraine in response to the planned closure of state owned miners across and unpaid wages. Following the recent joint union congress of miners a number of reports appeared in the  media seeking to discredit the miners – in response the following statement has been issued by M. […]

NUM Delegation at the Ukrainian Miners Congress

British miners in solidarity with Ukrainian miners A joint trade union congress of Miners of Ukraine took place in Kyiv on 21 April. In attendance was a delegation from the National Union of Mineworkers in solidarity with the struggle of the Ukrainian miners – Wayne Thomas Vice President of the NUM attended alongside Executive member […]

Report by Miners Union on Visit of NUM to Western Donbas

The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is pleased to report that the National Union of Mineworkers has undertaken two visits to Ukraine, meeting with sister mining unions and labour movement activists. Published here is a report by the Trade Union of Mineworkers of Ukraine  in Western Donbas on part of the first visit to Ukraine. Colleagues from the […]


A Critique of the ‘Red Putinist’  A person of influence on the thinking the western left on Ukraine has been the Russian writer Boris Kagarlitsky Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements.  Whilst the pro-war views of the Moscow based Kagarlitsky have been accepted without criticism in some quarters – in contrast the views of actual […]

Solidarnosc Miners’ Statement in Solidarity With the NUM – 1984

On 17 June the Underground Provisional Co-ordinating Committee of Solidarity miners issued an unequivocal statement in solidarity with the British miners in their great struggle for jobs. The Co-ordinating Committee statement was read out at 10 a.m. on Sunday 17 June by the Solidarity underground radio station in Upper Silesia, Poland’s main coal-mining region. The […]

How Stalinism Helped Defeat the Great Miners Strike in 1984-85

This years marks the 30th Anniversary of the end of the Great Miners Strike of 1984-45 in Britain. The issue of the Stalinist regimes in  Eastern Europe and became a key question in the strike. The  regime of General Jaruzelski had driven the ten million strong independent trade union Solidarity underground in 1981.  The Stalinist regime […]

Supporting campaign to Free Anti-Fascist Prisoner Alexander Kolchenko

Alexander Kolchenko is a left, social activist and antifascist who is held in captivity by the Russian authorities. Along  with renowned film director Oleg Sentsov, he has been kidnapped by the Russian FSB (ex-KGB) and is now detained following the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, he is held as a political hostage in Lefortovo jail in […]