Joint Resolution of the West Donbass Miners Unions on the Current Situation

Presidium Joint Resolution DNEPROPETROVSK TERRITORIAL UNION AND INDEPENDENT UNION OF MINEWORKERS OF WEST DONBASS OF UKRAINE 09 June 2015 Worsening of social and economic policy at PJSC “DTEK Pavlograd Coal” Having reviewed information presented by Mr. A.V.Smirnov, Director of coal mining JSC “DTEK-ENERGO” and Mr. S.A.Voronin, Director general PJSC “DTEK Pavlograd Coal” and submitted to the … Continue reading Joint Resolution of the West Donbass Miners Unions on the Current Situation

ITUC appeals to President Poroshenko in support of Ukrainian Miners

Sharon Burrow  General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation has written to the President of Ukraine protesting at the failure to engage with the Ukrainian miners trades unions who are in a major dispute against pit closures.  This is an important step in building international solidarity with the miners struggle.  Dear Mr President, It is with deep … Continue reading ITUC appeals to President Poroshenko in support of Ukrainian Miners

Miners Unions Open Letter to President of Ukraine

The Ukrainian Miners are engaged in a dispute for the survival of their industry.  As part of their ongoing campaign to stop pit closures the Independent Trade Union of Miners (NGPU) has issued an open letter.    Petro Poroshenko President of Ukraine  Arsenyi Yatseniuk Prime Minister of Ukraine  Volodynyr Groisman Head of Verkhovna Rada of … Continue reading Miners Unions Open Letter to President of Ukraine

Save Coal – Save Ukraine: Report of the All-Ukraine Miners Congress

Published below is a full of the recent joint union All-Ukraine Congress of Mineworkers held in Kyiv, and attended by a solidarity delegation of the National Union of Mineworkers.  Thank you to Viktor Sumchenko of PRUP for this report which reprinted from the website of the National Union of Mineworkers. Save Coal - Save Ukraine On … Continue reading Save Coal – Save Ukraine: Report of the All-Ukraine Miners Congress

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. … Continue reading Independent Miners Union Statement on Miners Struggle

EMERGENCY CONGRESS OF UKRAINE’S MINERS CALLED TO PREPARE NEXT STEPs

The Ukrainian miners struggle is developing rapidly - with an unprecedented Ukrainian Coal Miners’ Congress which will be held 21-22 April 2015, jointly organised by the Confederation of the Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), and the Trade Union of Coal-Mining Industry (PRUP). On April 7th a joint meeting of the organising committee of the … Continue reading EMERGENCY CONGRESS OF UKRAINE’S MINERS CALLED TO PREPARE NEXT STEPs

FORUM IN PARLIAMENT WITH MINERS LEADER HEARS THE REVOLUTION IS NOT OVER

THE UKRAINIAN WORKERS ARE WILLING TO FIGHT The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign held a packed meeting in the House of Commons on 10th March addressed by  Yuriy Samoylov, Chairman of the NGPU  – independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine in Kryvyi Rih.  The meeting was hosted by Labour Party MP's  John McDonnell and Ian Lavery, … Continue reading FORUM IN PARLIAMENT WITH MINERS LEADER HEARS THE REVOLUTION IS NOT OVER

Ukraine workers mobilize to defend wages, jobs, sovereignty

Ukraine workers mobilize to defend wages, jobs, sovereignty BY NAOMI CRAINE  The Militant  (USA) March 16, 2015 Miners and airport workers in Ukraine are fighting to defend their jobs and against the rapid erosion of living conditions amid a deepening capitalist economic crisis. A cease-fire between Moscow-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces is, for the moment, … Continue reading Ukraine workers mobilize to defend wages, jobs, sovereignty

‘for me it’s cheaper to bury them than to stop production at the pit’.”

Yefim Zvyagilsky, the Ukrainian parliamentarian and owner of the Zasiadko mine in Donetsk where an unknown number of miners have been killed in an explosion. According to M.Volynets leader of Confederation of Independent Unions of Ukraine, there are currently identified only 21 of the 33 people killed. The mine management adopts a practice - common … Continue reading ‘for me it’s cheaper to bury them than to stop production at the pit’.”