Ucrania - State attacks against the Trade Union Federation of the Chernigovskaya Regio

On 16 January 2018, 13 March 2018 and 18 June 2018, the State Assets Fund of Ukraine (SAFU) attempted to interfere in the activities of the Training and Methods Development Centre, a basic training facility providing training to over 10,000 union members annually and owned by the Chernigovskaya Regional branch of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU). During each incident, SAFU representatives requested that the centre produce all legal documents proving ownership and required staff to give them access to the premises to “determine whether the union was using the centre in accordance with their declared aims and goals”. In the past, SAFU had made several other abusive and illegitimate visits to the Centre, despite a ruling of the Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine of 19 February 2015, in which it recognised that the Training and Methods Development Centre was lawfully used by the Trade Union Federation of the Chernigovskaya Region. Threats to the Centre have not abated as currently the Cabinet of Ministers is considering its transfer to a governmental body or institution for permanent use.

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