Ukraine

Worker Rights Experts Field COVID-19 Queries in Ukraine

In Ukraine, as workers face employer efforts to shortchange their pay, lay them off or take other adverse actions during the COVID-19 crisis, many are turning to Labor Initiatives, a Solidarity Center-supported Ukrainian NGO that provides legal assistance to workers. Teleworking from home under Ukraine’s COVID-19 quarantine, the six-member staff, along with eight legal student… [READ MORE]

Draft Ukrainian Labor Laws ‘A Gift to Oligarchs’

More than a thousand local union leaders and activists from across Ukraine met today to plan an emergency mobilization to protest draft labor law amendments that would enable employers to fire workers based on any reason, undermining anti-discrimination protections; allow employers to unilaterally terminate employment contracts and set contracts with unfixed work schedules; and drastically… [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 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]