Ucrania - Labour inspector fines union leader instead of investigating violations (2011)

The trade union organisation "Dream of the Future”, which is affiliated to the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), has at Myronivsky breadstuff JSC been requesting the employer for two years to start collective bargaining and to re-conclude a collective agreement that has been invalid since the beginning of 2009. The employer has refused to negotiate and has not provided the union with any answers.

The union requested the State Labour Inspection in Kaniv city to check their case. The conclusion of the Labour Inspector was that the union "Dream of the Future” had violated the provisions of the collective agreement and the Chairman of the union was handed an administrative fine. This decision was subsequently cancelled by the Administrative Court of Kyiv city, but the employer’s refusal to bargain collectively was not investigated. Mykhailo Volynets, KVPU Chairman, requested the State Department of Surveillance over Labour Legislation Observance, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of Ukraine as well as the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine to check the case, but there had been no positive results at the end of the year.

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