The STUC conference held in Dundee 17-19 April adopted overwhelmingly a motion drafted by its general council in solidarity with Ukraine. The STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said in moving the motion that Ukraine had been invaded and occupied, that we must stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and support their acts of … Continue reading Scottish TUC stands in solidarity with Ukraine
Sad News from the Bakhmut Front – Volunteer fighters killed in action
Eternal Memory and Glory to the Fallen Heroes! The following reports have been published by the Колективи Солідарності and Соціальний рух in Ukraine on the recent loss of a number of volunteer fighters in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the battle for Bakhmut in the Donbas region. This is a text that is … Continue reading Sad News from the Bakhmut Front – Volunteer fighters killed in action
UKRAINE: LESSONS FROM HISTORY FOR TODAY’S FREEDOM STRUGGLES
Speaker: JOHN-PAUL HIMKA The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is hosting a memorial meeting for our comrade Marko Bojcun who died recently. Our guest speaker is the historian John Paul-Himka who is author of a range of important works on Ukrainian history. Come and join us for the evening. The meeting will joined by on-line speakers:Denys Pilash … Continue reading UKRAINE: LESSONS FROM HISTORY FOR TODAY’S FREEDOM STRUGGLES
STUC STAND BY UKRAINE REJECT THE FAKE ‘PEACE’ COMPOSITE
Scottish Trades Union Congress 2023 The half dozen templated motions on Ukraine submitted to this year’s STUC congress, (17th-19th April, Dundee) have been amalgamated into a single composite , to be discussed on the Wednesday morning of the congress. Masquerading as pseudo-pacifist ‘peace proposals’, the composite is riddled with factual inaccuracies, political misrepresentations and empty … Continue reading STUC STAND BY UKRAINE REJECT THE FAKE ‘PEACE’ COMPOSITE
What Might This War Do to Russia?
John-Paul Himka This is the third installment of a trilogy of texts from a historian’s perspective about the possibility of democratic change in Russia. In the first, I pointed out that Russia doesn’t have much of a democratic tradition in its political culture and that there have only been a few moments of potential transition … Continue reading What Might This War Do to Russia?
APPEAL TO UNIONS IN THE CAR INDUSTRY
UKRAINIAN WORKERS NEED YOU TO HELP THEM WIN We are making an urgent appeal to trade unions organised in the car industry to assist the KVPU – the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine. We are asking you to follow the example of trade unions at the Renault Group, who convinced the company to donate … Continue reading APPEAL TO UNIONS IN THE CAR INDUSTRY
IN MEMORY OF MARKO BOJCUN 1951 – 2023
By Christopher Ford Marko Bojcun, historian, political economist, and founder of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign died on 11th March 2023 at the age of 72, after a long struggle with cancer. He was cremated on 23 March in a private ceremony with his family. I was introduced to Marko by the scholar Bohdan Krawchenko … Continue reading IN MEMORY OF MARKO BOJCUN 1951 – 2023
FREE MAKSYM BUTKEVYCH!
On 10 March, 2023, a kangaroo court in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian region of Luhansk sentenced POW Maksym Butkevych, a lifelong Ukrainian human rights activist from the Left, to thirteen years in a high-security prison. Maksym Butkevych was among thousands of peaceful Ukrainians who volunteered for the Armed Forces of Ukraine immediately after Russia’s full-scale invasion … Continue reading FREE MAKSYM BUTKEVYCH!
Solidarity, decency, socialism: in memory of Marko Bojcun
Denys Pilash On March 11th 2023 our friend and comrade of Commons, known political economist, political scientist, labour movement historian and an activist of left-wing movements and solidarity with Ukraine, Marco Bojcun, passed away. He played an important role in keeping the flame of the Ukrainian left alive and in giving it, through emigrants and dissidents, … Continue reading Solidarity, decency, socialism: in memory of Marko Bojcun