By Russian standards, the news conference on Tuesday was unusual: an airing of grievances by two female flight attendants who had taken the rare step of suing Aeroflot, the country’s flag carrier, for age and sex discrimination.

Please join the campaign in support of the arrested union leaders and independent trade union movement in Kazakhstan. Please share this campaign with your friends, family and fellow union members.

Three months of intensive collective bargaining at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga in Russia resulted in a renegotiated collective agreement at the end of February 2017. The workers' side was represented by the Interregional Trade Union 1Workers Association (ITUWA), as well as the Innovative New Interregional Trade Union of Automotive and Related Industries and the works council.

The Seafarers’ Union of Russia requested the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the Ministry of Labour of Russia to consider the issues of violations of women's right to work in the chosen occupation and to revise the List of Hard Works, Involving Harmful or Dangerous Working Conditions, Which Women May Not Perform approved by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation of 25 February 2000 No. 162. The answer was not long in coming – in the Ministry of Labour have assured that the work on updating the List and reducing the number of works restricting the employment of women had already begun.

Petroneft-Biysk LLC has nothing to do with so-called black gold. As the company’s website reports, it is the legal successor to the Biysk Plywood and Match Mill, known to Biysk residents as the Match. The Match mainly produces plywood. On January 12, around 200 workers in the plywood facility went on strike, demanding payment of wage arrears dating back to September 2016. Around 300 people are employed at the plant.

“Violence without violence” is impossible! Gender equality commission of the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) against amendments to article 116 of the Criminal Code.

Two trade union leaders were arrested by police on January, 20th in Aktau (Mangistau region, Kazakhstan) while participating in a mass protest of oil workers. The authorities fabricated criminal cases against Nurbek Kushakbaev, Deputy Chairman of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), and Yeleusinov Amin, chairman of the trade union of oil services company Oil Construction Company (affiliate of KNPRK). Their location is currently unknown.

The Interregional Trade Union Workers Association (ITUWA) at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga, Russia, are fighting for a new collective agreement. The current agreement expires on 31 December, and so far neither the employer nor the employees have taken the initiative of signing a new one.

Due to initiatives, appearing in last months aimed to ban abortions and, as a first step, to withdraw abortions from Compulsory Health Insurance, the Gender Equality Commission of the Confederation of Labor of Russia (KTR) issued a statement in which it has drawn attention to the possible catastrophic consequences of full or partial ban on abortions in our country.

Russia’s higher education sector is at a crossroads. A few universities are trying to raise their game for international ranking, but most barely survive staff and funding cuts.

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