Monthly Archives: December 2015

Krivorizhstal’ is silent about the size of job cuts. Workers block the road.

On 11 December 2015 workers from Kryvyi Rih metallurgical plant ArcelorMittal came out to protest. The reason for their dissatisfaction was planned mass job cuts that had been announced by the owners of the Indian company Mittal Steel. The protesters temporarily blocked a nearby road, demanding that the job cut plans be abandoned. The web […]


A SYMPOSIUM OF UKRAINIAN SOCIALISTS AND TRADE UNIONISTS On 16th December 2015, the District Administrative Court of Kyiv agreed to the request of the Minister of Justice to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) from being able to officially operate or participate in elections.  The move has been condemned by Amnesty International and the […]

Ukrainian Rail Workers Joint Problems

A group of Lviv railway workers visited Melitopol in Zaporizhya oblast. The guests from Western Ukraine shared their working experience with colleagues at the locomotive depot Melitopol Dnieper railway station and workers of Melitopol. The delegation were  activists of the Free Trade Union of Railway Workers Ukraine (VPZU) from Skladachi Train Station in Lviv Vladimir […]

Ukraine’s Decommunisation Law hammered by Venice Commission for violating democratic standards

Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group One of the four controversial ‘decommunisation’ laws adopted in April 2015 has been scrutinized and seriously criticized by European constitutional law experts who say that it does not meet European standards. Much as predicted the joint interim opinion from the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR  found that […]

Communist Party Outlawed

The Stalinist Communist Party of Ukraine ( KPU) has been banned, published here is a report by Halya Coynash of the respected Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. The Kyiv District Administrative Court has banned Ukraine’s Communist Party in a move likely to be found in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights to which […]

Is the right to peaceful Assembly in Ukraine endangered

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered draft bill #3587 “On the guarantee of peaceful assembly” on 7 December 2015. The authors of the draft law are thirteen people’s deputies from various political parties and representatives of human rights organisations. The declared goals are very “lofty” – the provision of legal guarantees for reinforcing Article 39 […]

Tatars block supplies to Crimea, cause shortages of food, necessities

BY NAOMI CRAINE Working people in Moscow-occupied Crimea have faced growing shortages of food and other necessities from a blockade on the Ukrainian side of the peninsula’s border initiated by Crimean Tatars there. The effects were greatly magnified when explosions on Nov. 20 and 21 cut electricity for most of Crimea’s 2 million residents. The […]