New Domestic Worker Organization in Ukraine

In Ukraine, domestic workers formed the country’s first organization for domestic workers, including childcare workers, this week. The organization’s formation is part of a growing global movement to assert the rights of this vast, mostly hidden and  primarily female workforce, as laid out in International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189, Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The… [READ MORE]

Ukraine: Rights Ombudsman, Unions, NGOs Fight Corruption

  • March 23, 2017
  • Tristan Masat

Corruption in Ukraine extends beyond the public sphere, seeping across the economy, private sector and individual relationships. To fight it, nongovernmental organizations and trade unions have joined with Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska to leverage grassroots solidarity work in support of the Ombudsman’s office’s anti-corruption efforts. Together, the group launched the “Solidarity… [READ MORE]

Ukraine Unions Protest Austerity, Utility Cost Increases

  • July 8, 2016
  • Solidarity Center

Tens of thousands of trade union members marched through central Kyiv July 6, protesting austerity measures they believe are undermining standards of living of Ukraine’s working families. In particular, the government plans to continue to implement International Monetary Fund demands that utility subsidies to be cut, drastically raising home heating and utility bills. In Ukraine,… [READ MORE]

Unions Are Unique in Their Ability to Help End Corruption

  • May 17, 2016
  • Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau joined some 70 leaders from unions and other nongovernmental organizations yesterday for a two-day forum in Kiev, Ukraine, “Solidarity Against Corruption: Trade Unions’ Anti-Corruption Work: Best Practices, Experience and Perspective.” “Trade unions are uniquely situated to help in the struggle against corruption and to help average citizens see the… [READ MORE]

Ukraine Labor Initiative a Hub for Worker Rights

In Ukraine, a first-of-its-kind worker rights center is serving a broad spectrum of working people through labor and human rights education, cultural events and hands-on support in resolving day-to-day workplace issues. Launched in late 2013, the Labor Initiative drew more than 3,000 people to some 200 educational and community events in its first year. A… [READ MORE]

Union Members Rally at Kiev Euromaidan

KVPU (Ukraine’s independent union federation), reports on the protests in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. Teachers, miners, medical workers, transport workers and street vendors are among the thousands of members of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) taking part in protests over the past three weeks in Kiev. Gathering daily with supporters of… [READ MORE]

Ukrainian Union: Economic Fairness over Austerity, Autocracy

The Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) is preparing for a possible national strike to call for just economic reform and a more rational approach to solving the country’s financial woes. In a letter published this weekend, they said: “In Ukraine we need economic reform that encourages democracy and addresses the horrible inequalities… [READ MORE]

Ukraine Unions Back EU Accord, Oppose IMF Austerity Demands

As protests have spread across Ukraine in recent days over the government’s decision to suspend Association Agreement talks with the European Union, more than 100,000 Ukrainians took to the streets in Kiev on Sunday, marching in the cold rain as part of a coalition of political parties and civil society groups, including the Confederation of… [READ MORE]

Ukraine: Worker Rights Under Threat as Democracy Dwindles

Freedom of association and the ability of civil society organizations to fully function in Ukraine are in jeopardy as the country increasingly moves away from democracy. Only international attention and solidarity have slowed these disturbing trends. “There is constant pressure on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from oligarchs, media, the security system and the courts,” said Mykhailo… [READ MORE]