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In Ukraine, the Solidarity Center works with union partners to ensure workers have the safety gear they need to protect themselves. Credit: FTUU

In Ukraine, the Solidarity Center supports trade unions and allied advocates seeking freedom of association and economic fairness in their struggles to defend worker rights in the face of severe economic and political crisis and entrenched corruption. Working with the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), an active national union alliance, the Independent Trade Union of Miners (NPGU) and other partners, the Solidarity Center conducts programs that assist trade unions in boosting their ability to help workers gain a voice at work through collective bargaining. The Solidarity Center’s work also involves legal assistance, including the 2014 launch of Labor Initiatives, a project partnering with Ukrainian unions and civil society organizations that provides direct legal representation in labor and employment issues and serves as a community center, research incubator and policy hub. Solidarity Center programs in Ukraine also provide foundational economic education and training for union leaders and rank-and-file members. The Solidarity Center supports efforts by Ukrainian unions to strengthen their capability to bolster freedom of association, achieve gender equity advocacy in economic and workplace issues, and address the concerns of young workers.

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Podcast: In Midst of War, Ukrainian Parliament Attacks Worker Rights

Even as war rages in Ukraine, with daily bombings, food and medicine shortages and tens of thousands of displaced people crowded in cramped public spaces, the Ukrainian Parliament recently passed a series of laws that attack workers’ basic rights on the job and...

In Midst of War, Ukrainian Parliament Attacks Worker Rights

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In Midst of War, Ukrainian Parliament Attacks Worker Rights
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Ukrainian labor lawyer George Sandul describes how the Ukrainian Parliament is using martial law, and the chaos and disaster of the ongoing war with Russia, to push through harsh legislation aimed at gutting unions and limiting workers’ rights to decent jobs. Despite the gains of labor in Ukraine over the last several years, employers are now reducing wages, re-introducing zero hour contracts, and looking to new government exemptions to the more recent, worker-focused labor laws.

Says Sandul: The new laws “will undermine the very existence of employees’ rights in Ukraine.”.

Bolt Delivery Drivers in Kyiv Demand Wages They Can Live On

Despite often heroic efforts to deliver food under war conditions, Bolt delivery drivers in Kyiv, Ukraine, have seen a 60 percent cut in wages—and they are demanding the company take immediate action to boost wages and provide vehicle maintenance support. Prohibited...
Amid War, Platform Workers in Ukraine Demand Decent Wages

Amid War, Platform Workers in Ukraine Demand Decent Wages

Platform delivery workers in Ukraine, many of them displaced from their homes, are demanding decent wages as they continue to work in the midst of war.  On May 12, delivery drivers in Lviv went to Bolt Food’s headquarters to deliver their suggestions and seek an open...

Ukraine Workers: Wartime Diaries

Ukraine Workers: Wartime Diaries

Workers and unions in Ukraine are gathering and delivering humanitarian aid, assisting refugees with transportation and volunteering to support the homebound and others to survive in a brutal war. And Labour Initiatives, a local non-governmental organization that...

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