Sharon Burrow  General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation has written to the President of Ukraine protesting at the failure to engage with the Ukrainian miners trades unions who are in a major dispute against pit closures.  This is an important step in building international solidarity with the miners struggle. 

Dear Mr President,

It is with deep regret that we have learned from the miners’ organisations of our affiliated trade10898062_1044706952212178_3090244734483913733_n
unions in Ukraine that, following a series of actions aimed at drawing attention to the urgent problems in the sector and at engaging in a dialogue to consider possible solutions for these problems, the relevant authorities have turned a deaf ear to the legitimate demands of the workers and their unions. This is hardly the approach of responsible democratic governance, moreover oriented towards European Union values and standards of behaviour.

The ITUC shares the concerns and the anger of the…

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