Ucrania - Anti-union discrimination widespread (2011)

Employers used various tactics to discriminate and harass trade union activists in 2010. Cases of anti-union discrimination included dismissals of trade union members without the consent of the trade union committee (e.g., at Aurum LLC in Odessa, Elsta LLC in the Dnipropetrovsk region in local unions affiliated to the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU), and at Azot in Severodonetsk in local unions affiliated to the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU)) as well as illegal dismissals and disciplinary sanctions imposed on local union activists and leaders (e.g., at the 63rd Boiler Welding Factory in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, Vasylkiv District Hospital in the Kyiv region, Elsta LLC in the Dnipropetrovsk region (FPU), Pushcha Voditsa in the Kyiv region, and at Imperial Tobacco Production of Ukraine (KVPU)).

Discrimination due to trade union activity, pressure to force people to leave the unions, and threats against members of local unions were also recorded during the year. This applied in particular to members of the local KVPU unions “Dream of the Future” at Myronivsky breadstuff, at Onyfrievka Central District Hospital of Kyiv, at the Central Processing Factory “Izvestiya” of the State Enterprise “Donbasantratsit”, at Zaporizhya Cable Plant OJSC, as well as to members of the NPGU local union at Marganets Ore Processing Plant.

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