Ucrania - Workers of Dniprodzerzhinsk Metallurgical Plant protested against the creation of a yellow trade union

On 11 February 2016 several thousand workers of the joint-stock company (JSC) Dniprodzerzhinsk Metallurgical Plant gathered at a demonstration led by Mykhailo Volynets, the leader of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), and by Mykola Zhytnyk, the head of KVPU in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Despite the attempts of the joint-stock company to interfere with the organisation and the free conduct of the meeting, workers came to make their voices heard against the illegal actions of the JSC management. The company created a “yellow” trade union controlled by the management and forced workers to resign from the existing trade union KVPU. Being intimidated and threatened with losing their jobs during the economic crisis, workers resigned from KVPU in order to affiliate to the newly created yellow union. Mykhailo Volynets addressed the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) requesting these institutions to apply necessary measures within their mandate to put an end to the violations of national trade union legislation and international standards.

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