We are posting this appeal from the Ukrainian Solidarity Campaign (https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2016/11/06/urgent-appeal-for-solidarity-from-rail-workers-union-of-ukraine/).
The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is calling on our affiliates and the Labour Movement to provide solidarity to the Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine (VPZU) who are in struggle at the Kurenivsky trolleybus depot in Kyiv. The VPZU which is an independent trade union is fighting for basic trade union rights against an anti-union employer. Please send letters of protest to the Mayor of Kyiv and republish this appeal.
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Statement by the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign on the CPU Ban and the Ukrainian Question
The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign condemns the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv on 16th December 2015: “To suspend the activities of the Communist Party of Ukraine”. This judgement in effect prevents the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) from participating in elections and engaging in other activities under its own name. On 25 January 2016 the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine upheld the judgement, which is now being challenged at the European Court of Human Rights.
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CONDEMN THE DEFAMATION OF NUM SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINIAN MINERS
The National Union of Mineworkers has issued a strong statement on the Ukrainian question as a rebuttal to a number of smears against their union. That any section of the labour movement would engage in such smears is further evidence of the shocking depths of retrogression some have descended to recently. The NUM is the only trade union in the UK that has visited Ukraine repeatedly since the current crisis began, with a fourth delegation having just returned which visited a number of areas and met with a range of trade unionists. We encourage other sections of the labour movement to republish the NUM statement and learn from their example of true internationalism.
Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, 24.11.15
STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS
The NUM is disturbed by the smears against our union regarding our approach to the conflict in Ukraine. These smears have been promoted mainly by elements on the outskirts of the Labour Movement, sadly some who should know better have been willing to give air to such defamation. We at the NUM have long experience of those who would seek to sow divisions and discredit us and we have a proven record of defending ourselves when necessary.
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NO RETURN TO STALINIST SHOW TRIALS IN RUSSIA
The decision on 25th August by a military court in Russia to sentence the Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov to 20 years in prison and socialist and anti-fascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 10 years has sparked an international outcry. They are to be held in a high-security penal colony, Sentsov has been denied the right to even see his children.
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