Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Saturday, 17 September 2011


01.09.2011 12:51
In Orel, August 31, 54 bus drivers went on strike over unpaid wage arrears. They have been waiting nearly 3 months for pay. As reported in the city administration, the out of the budget has already been allocated some money to pay off wage arrears


01.09.2011 12:46
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In China there is growing social tension. Protests swept several provinces, according to the website www.ng.ru. Armed police disperse demonstrators and arrest those who are considered troublemakers. The alarmed pseudo Chinese communist authorities have increased the budget to law enforcement bodies.

The wave of protests, sometimes involving up to 10 thousand people, spread across several provinces in China. To pacify the protesters, the authorities have to call on special armed units of the police. The largest clash in the last few days, occurred in the county of Lienhua ("Lotus") in Jiangxi Province. On August 16, thousands of peasants blocked the entrance to a chemical plant. Emissions from the plant posed a threat to crops and fisheries, the newspaper "Zhongguo shibao" said, published in Taiwan.

The conflict worsened after hundreds of police arrived. They arrested more than ten people, with several participants in the manifestations, including women, being injured. Then, the protesters blocked national highway number 319.

Previously, a similar incident occurred in the large port city of Dalian. There the protest was attended by about 10 thousand people.

Even Shanghai, a symbol of the rapid growth in China, was uninsured from the riots. The occasion for one of them was abuse from vigilantes against a trader of chestnuts. The saleswoman was not licensed, but in the ensuing skirmish vigilantes knocked down the woman. She lost consciousness. Then a crowd of about 100 people attacked the vigilantes and their vehicles were smashed.

The foreign press writes that the number of collective protests in China has increased and reached to more than 100 thousand a year. Therefore, the authorities have began classifying the information about them. These assumptions can not be verified. But here's a fact: in 2010, budgetary allocations for law enforcement agencies exceeded the amount allocated the army

Further reading on Chinese economy can be read in pamphlet
"Modern China" by A.A. Mayevsky member of the CC AUCPB


04.09.2011 05:06

Construction company workers in Vitebsk went on strike for one day because of low wages. This was reported by a resident of Vitebsk, preferring to remain anonymous.

"The company" Zhilproekt" is laying off workers - mostly young people and pensioners, and some have been transferred to half rate. Management explains the situation simply: there is no work, therefore no money. As a result, new districts have suspended construction. Wages do not rise, but because people refuse to work beyond the norm and are outraged, "- said the source.

He works at the "Belvest" shoe factory, where the administration is also in violation of labour laws. "We are forced to work at weekends, although this is not spelled out in the contract. If you refuse – you get no bonuses or renewed contract. I have reached targets at 130%, but still I have never received more than 900 thousand rubles."- says the man. According to him, a mood of protest is brewing in the factories, but people are still afraid to openly express their grievances to management and government officials.



04.09.2011 05:42

On August 29, 2011 at 9:00 am in the city of Kaluga in front office recruitment agency «Adecco» on Gagarin Street a picket was held organized by the union MPRA (Interregional Trade Union of Automobile Workers).

The picket was the beginning of the campaign against temporary work and agency labour, used by "employment agencies".


16.09.2011 10:23
Vladivostok. September 15. Interfax-Far East - Seven drivers of "BelAZ" dump trucks of a Yaroslavl mining company at Primorye announced the start of the strike to the company’s administration.

"Drivers came to the workplace, but refused to drive to the mine due to the fact that their trucks are faulty. This is a so-called "Italian" strike when the workers do all the work strictly to rule," - said on Thursday to the agency "Interfax - The Far East”,
representative of the Federation of Trade Unions of Primorsky Krai (FPPK) Margarita Usova.

She noted that the workers are demanding from the management the elimination of technical faults.


16.09.2011 10:21

DUSHANBE, 14 September. About two thousand workers at the gold mine joint Tajik-Chinese enterprise "Zarafshon" in the north of Tajikistan, have gone on strike, demanding that management improve wages, reports CA-NEWS, citing local media.

The protesters began the strike on Monday morning at 06.00 local time. The Chinese workers are getting more than two thousand dollars, while the number of Tajik workers receive no more than $ 80. "The company has several people who sit in the governing structure, who are of retirement age. In addition, there prevails family ties and corruption," - said a source in the enterprise.

"Zarafshon" is one of eight gold-mining enterprises in Tajikistan, in the authorized capital of which present a share of foreign investors.

The Chinese company, Zijin Mining Group owns a controlling stake in the company "Zarafshon" and is considered a strategic partner of the Government of Tajikistan in the extraction of gold and other precious metals. Zijin is China's second largest extractor of gold, and extract iron ore at mines in Vietnam, as well as owning gold deposits in Mongolia and Peru.


16.09.2011 09:52

More than a hundred police officers in Kutaisi on Friday night, using force, dispersed the strikers of the local steel plant "Hercules", owned by Indian businessmen, writes Gazeta.ru.

As Georgian media reports, the strike began a few days ago and its members, picketing entrances to the plant, demanded the administration to improve working conditions and raise wages and reinstate 17 illegally dismissed employees.

The Indian factory owners refused to comply with the strikers and demanded that Georgian police to restore order.

In the dispersal, 12 protestors were detained.

More on the lead-up to this news below


16.09.2011 09:43
Striking employees of the Kutaisi Georgian-Indian steel plant "Hercules" were joined by workers of the first shift. This was reported in the United Trade Unions of Georgia. Yesterday they were joined by workers of the night shift, according to Echo of the Caucasus.

As stated in the unions, this time in the company are only representatives of management and 150 workers - citizens of India who have to do double the work.

We recall that a strike at the Kutaisi Steel Works started on 13 September. The company's employees demand improved conditions.

The enterprise owned by OOO «Eurasian Steels», there 150 Indian and 350 Georgian citizens working.


16.09.2011 09:40

At the metallurgical plant "Hercules" in Kutaisi in western Georgia a strike has begun, which involves more than 100 workers. Currently, the strikers have gathered at the entrance to the plant and encouraging other workers of the plant to join the action, reports the website of "Trade unions today."

The protesters demand that the administration of the company stop the firing of employees, to reinstate 17 people illegally dismissed, improve working conditions, index wages, to respect the constitution and laws of the country, etc.

According to the Trade Union of Georgia, the strike is in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution, Labour Code and Law on Trade Unions.

Metallurgical plant "Hercules" is owned by Georgia-Indian company Eurasian Steels. It is built on Indian business facilities at the site of Kutaisi plant for reinforced concrete structures. The company started work in late 2008. It employs 350 citizens of Georgia and 150 citizens of India.

In early September 2011, metallurgists held a pre-strike and made the above demands, but they were not satisfied with the administration of the enterprise.

Saturday, 3 September 2011







Workers in Kirov region at the military-industrial complex "Molot " suspend operations because of unpaid wages, reports website rborba.ru.

According to chairman of the Kirov workers’ trade union organization for the defense industry, Vitaly Bukharin, work was suspended at two shops in the "Molot"plant.

The reason for the protest was the delay of wages to employees of the enterprise. Now the total amount of debt the company owes to its employees is about 30 million rubles. The last time the striking workers, at "Molot" were paid, was in April 2011.

Union leaders said wages at the plant grow very slowly, and the average is only 12 thousand rubles. This is the lowest among all defense enterprises of the Kirov region.



Employees at Kharkov trolleybus depots recently went on strike. As reported by UNIAN, the head of trade union organization of the enterprise "Gorelectrotrans" Andrei Ilgen, on August 2 not all the employees at the third trolleybus depot turned up to work along with some workers at the second depot . In total, the strike involved 2.5 thousand people.

According Ilgov, the action is precautionary. If the union's demands are not met, then on August 8 anew strike will start.

The strikers are dissatisfied with the division of "Gorelectrotrans" into five communial utilities: the "Saltivske tram depot", "The October tram depot", "2nd trolleybus depot," "third trolleybus depot" and "Gorelektrotransservis." Workers fear that they will lose retirement payand vacation days. In addition, they demand payment of wage arrears, which is about six million hryvnia.





Currently in Udmurtia in a regime of reduced working week are working 4354 people at 22 factories.
Of the large industrial enterprises in a regime of working a reduced working week:
- JSC "Bummash" (300 people work part-time from 3/1/2011 to 8/31/2011);
- Federal State Unitary Enterprise «Izhevsk Mechanical Plant" (3320 people work part-time from 3/5/2011 to 3/11/2011);
- DOAO "Izhevsk Arms Factory" for the period from 04/01/2011 to 30/09/2011, introduction of part-time work week for the 1131 workers and downtime caused by the employer for 650 employees. However, on a monthly basis due to operational needs and, based on the volume of orders for the company, most of the employees work part-time and downtime.
Results from early 2011, 114 companies reported to the Izhevsk Job Center on the upcoming release of 6908 people due to layoffs.
5587 people are subject to mass layoffs off and will be registered as unemployed.
In connection with the liquidation of organizations, the company LLC "Izhstroyenergo" said a reduction 56 workers will take place. The "retail outlet" Salavat " announced the job losses of 104 employees in connection with the liquidation of the branch in Izhevsk.
The Interior Ministry is running a the massive reduction of 433 employees.
In connection with the outbreak of bankruptcy at JSC "IzhAvto", the company announced its liquidation. It is planned that 4930 laid-off employees will continue to work atn the newly formed company on the basis of JSC "IzhAvto".
Enterprise CJSC "Workover" announced the layoff of 64 people in connection with its reorganization.
It should be noted that these are cases only registered by the authorities of Izhevsk, but how many are unregistered?

Source: izhvkpb.narod.ru


29.08.2011 19:48

The construction area of the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, on the island of Russky, experienced mass conflict, which involved about 500 workers and 100 security guards, reported the newspaper "Trud".

"The Muslim section of the workers because of domestic conflict with the security began to shower them with stones. No one was injured, but a police car was smashed along with site security premises, and there cars were damaged at the building site "- quoted" Gazeta.ru, the press service of the general contractor of the site object ZAO" Crocus ".

The workers threw stones at the police. "We have a no alcohol policy on site. During the Muslim holiday - the end of Ramadan, we strengthened surveillance. Apparently, workers were not happy with the ban and they spoiled the mood, and all six dormitories of the Muslim community went for a showdown with the security guards, "- said in a statement.

The Press Service of the Department of Internal Affairs of Primorsky Krai stated the conflict had been resolved and an investigation had begun into the cause of the disturbance Four cops and four workers were injured in the disturbance.


25.08.2011 19:28
The court in Aktau refused to reinstate 28 employees of oil companies who were dismissed for taking part in illegal protests, the press service of the Mangistau regional court reports.

The dismissed oil workers had filed a lawsuit against their employers: TOO "TulparMunayServis" LLP, "ArgymakTransServis", JSC "Karazhanbasmunai", demanding their reinstatement to work. The court recognised unlawful protest began in mid-May and continues to this day. During the strike, a few hundred people were fired.

As indicated in the message, the suit by the workers was motivated due to employers violating the law by firing them, despite the fact that the labour dispute was not resolved in the conciliation commission and labour arbitration.

"Court number 2 of Aktau dismissed the case of 28 wildcat strikers for reinstatement to their jobs, the recovery of average earnings during the forced absence, compensation for moral damages," - said in a statement.

"The court found that termination of the employment contract was the case on legal grounds, due to the lack of actual complainants in the workplace without excuse for three or more hours per working day (shift)" - the report says.

25.08.2011 19:21
As the correspondent of the Krasny TV in Kazakhstan reports, military vehicles full of armed troops drove into the city of Zhanaozen in Mangistau region, where for three months workers have been on strike, where the workers leaders have been killed and their home burnt to the ground. On Sunday, as told residents by of the city, they saw about 8 military KAMAZ trucks entering the city, and there were people in uniform similar to the style of commandos. They were starting to surround the city.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011




At the "Vostok" plant in Bolshoi Kamen a strike took place by workers who are painting the nuclear submarine "Nerpa". The painters, seconded to work with the Amur Shipbuilding Plant and the "Korabell-Vostochny" plant in Nakhodka, are protesting against delays in payment of salaries and poor working conditions.

In the compartments and holds, heat, humidity, and heavy paint vapour hangs in the air due to poor conditions of ventilation systems that are badly discharging the fumes. According to "Komsomolskaya Pravda", the workers employed in the painting of the submarine, have not received salaries since May, and some of the workers had written an application for resignation.


According to labour activists at JSC "Karazhanbasmunai", on Saturday began a meeting of workers at the oil field "Kalamkas", and on Sunday, July 24 at a rally after the change, which was attended by about five thousand men, it was decided to support the demands of the strikers, fellow strikers. The workers at Kalamkas insist on the immediate release from prison of the trade union lawyer Natalia Sokolova and worker activist Akzhanata Aminov, end all criminal and administrative cases and reinstatement to work of all laid-off members of the actions. Meanwhile the oil workers are going to hold meetings after the shift, but in case of mass layoffs, which the first deputy general director of "KMG" Askar Balzhanov, has promised to implement, the workers will simply not come to drill and will organize a new enclave of strike action.

In the workplace at "Ozenmunaygaza", there has also been a turning point in the mood of the workers. Workers from different departments who refused to strike a few weeks ago, again go on the side of the strikers, adding to the ranks of the rally on Yntymak square in the centre of Zhanaozen. It seems that the attempts of the authorities and employers have failed, and the threat of layoffs and repression to stifle the strike have failed. Moreover, the strike wave can cover all the surrounding oil fields and connected. The workers have shown unprecedented unity and solidarity, and their actions are coordinated by trade union activists.

With shame ended the visit by deputies from the Majilis (Parliament), who left after a visit to Aktau after a visit from European parliamentarians from the Socialist Party of Ireland, Paul Murphy. Instead of going to the place of assembly and meetings of strikers, they offered the workers to come cap in hand to school number 24 in the 15th district of Aktau, where he chaired the "working group" akimat, "Nur Otan," made up of representatives of the EP and the Chinese company CITIC. Three MPs from the ruling party of Mangistau region thought to exercise individual reception for sacked workers in order to allegedly help them with employment. On the demand of the oil workers, to go to the "people's elected representatives" to the working people, as the socialist from Europe did, they refused. As a result, the "dialogue" did not take place ...

On July 25 ends the moratorium on layoffs, and the striking oil workers with anticipation expect action by the employers. In the case of growth of repression, inevitably the strike will spread to neighboring enterprises, and all the relatives and sympathizing residents of settlements affected by thestrike action will come to the rallies. On the same day at 3pm, began the trial of Natalia Sokolova, who was accused at the request of the acting president of "Karazhanbasmunai" Yuan Mu, of fomenting "social discord." Incidentally, the funniest proposal from "Karazhanbasmunai" to hold a meeting of the personnel for the election of new representatives for talks, the workers of JSC "Karazhanbasmunai," affirmed the authority of their own comrades, sitting in jail.

July 26.
According to labour activists from a number of strikers, from Aktau alarming news is coming out. Four buses with riot police were not removed from Zhanaozen, but are in a camp in the desert, waiting for further orders. The oil town itself is awash with traffic police, which also raises suspicion among the strikers and the local population. Due to the fact that on 25 July from 5 to 7 am a warning strike of solidarity of workers at the deposit "Kalamkas" took place which was attended by five thousand oil workers, the number of participants in the rally in Yntymak square also increased. Despite the widening of the strike, labour leaders do not exclude the implementation of counter-insurgency operations in the next few days.

At the same time, more layoffs after July 25 were not followed through, although notices and warnings have been issued in large numbers in many enterprises and departments of "Ozenmunaygaz." At the same time, the mood among the workers is more than decisive. As mentioned earlier, the work collectives of all the neighboring oil fields and enterprises, and residents of Zhanaozen, Akat, Shetpe settlement and other settlements are ready to go en masse to support the oil workers in the case of force being used by and riot police units. The situation remains very tense in the region. The judicial process over Natalia Sokolova, having not started, has been moved to an unspecified time.



At the "Borispol" international airport August 01 2011, more than five flights of the airline "Aerosvit" were delayed in connection with the protest by pilots of Boeing-737-s, reports "RBC-Ukraine", the press service of the airlines, on the website spb.rbc.ru.

According to the report at the time, flights were delayed to Moscow, Hamburg, Odessa, Athens and other cities. Also reported was a canceled flight to Prague. In total may be about 5% of flights that are served by Boeing-737 aircraft may be delayed. Return flights to "Borispol" were subjected to delay, but their flights will take place.

Media reported long queues in the lobby of Terminal "A". The company promised to provide passengers with a hotel room or a refund in the case of flight cancellations.

Earlier it was reported that due to the strike by Ukrainian pilots, in Moscow’s "Sheremetyevo" airport 90 passengers have remained stranded.

Pilots are protesting reduction in benefits, including wages. Negotiations are underway between the union and the administration of the pilots of the airline.

"Aerosvit" is one of the largest Ukrainian airline, and serves 80 international routes, its fleet consists of 16 medium-haul Boeing 737s and seven Boeing 767 long-haulers. In 2010, "Aerosvit" increased transport up to 1.717 million passengers (a 24.4% increase in 2009).

August 1 2011

Thursday, 28 July 2011




Joint Statement of the Bureau of the Central Committee of the AUCPB for Ukraine, Moldova and Transdniestria and the editorial of AUCPB newspaper "Workers' and Peasants' Truth" (Raboche-Krestyanskaya Pravda)

Dear fellow Kazakh comrades!

We admire your courageous fight for your rights: against rising prices, for higher wages, the establishment of normal working conditions, safety measures, providing good housing and environmental conditions for the establishment and maintenance of independent labour unions.

Together with you, we support your workers’ leaders Natalia Sokolova, Natalia Azhigalievu, Akzhanata Aminov, hunger strikers and other comrades who have selflessly and courageously defended the rights of the oilmen and the rights of the working man.

We note that the conditon of the working class, working people of Kazakhstan - as well as workers in other republics of ex-Soviet Union – which are akin to slave states was a result of the criminal destruction of our great Soviet Motherland, the privatization (embezzlement and misappropriation) of socialist public property and the return to the exploitative capitalist system .

We are deeply outraged by the repression against the protesters, against your workers and union leaders, repression inflicted by the authorities and security forces of the anti-peoples bourgeois regime of Nursultan Nazarbayev - traitor of the Communist Party and Soviet people and faithful servant of capital.

At the same time, we urge you to remain vigilant and not allow the use of the labour movement in Kazakhstan as a tool by the imperialist secret services of the U.S. and the West, when on a wave of indignation of the working masses against the intolerable conditions of life, the top echelons of power of one protege of the bourgeoisie is replaced by another one, and an openly pro-American, pro-Western and anti-Russian one at that.

You can achieve true victory by destroying the power of capital and bringing to power a Soviet workers' government. Let your fight be an inspiring example for the working class and toiling masses of all the other republics ("independent" states) of the ex-USSR.

We wish you success and VICTORY in the struggle!

July 13, 2011




Dry cargo ship "Navin Kestrel" belongs to the Netherlands company "NYKI SHIPPING BV". The sailors, among them citizens of Russia and Ukraine have not been paid since May. They refused to sail on and appealed for help to the Kaliningrad inspection ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation).

As reported in the inspection, after negotiating with the Netherlands branch, and having made a collective bargaining agreement with the company, part of the salary was paid. However, now the owner has stopped communicating with the sailors. Then they said that the ship will not leave the port until they are fully paid.

Meanwhile the "Navin Kestrel" fully loaded remain in the port of Kaliningrad. In addition to salaris, the shipowner will have to pay material damages to the maritime authorities of the port. When entering Kaliningrad on electricity on the freighter disappeared, and the ship passed the pier entrance gate.


On July 18 at the entrance of "Specialized municipal enterprise for sanitary cleaning of the city and facility improvement of the city of Ivanov", at the initiative of workers of that enterprise and Ivanovo City Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, a protest was held against the destructive activities of the director of the facilities V.A. Gorobtsov and mass layoffs of workers.

Head of the Administration of Ivanovo A.S. Kuzmichev, denied workers the right to picket at 17.00, and proposed moving it to 19.00. Workers refused to change the time of and gathered at the entrance of the company, as stated in the notice.

By the entrance about 60 people gathered. Conversation took place about the situation prevailing in the enterprise with the new director V.A. Gorobtsov. All that accumulated in recent months, was talked about by people among themselves, and they also so spoke to local TV journalists .

Deputy Mayor of Ivanov K.V. Bocharov came out to the entrance. The workers confidently state that V.A. Gorobtsov was led to the company by precisely K.V. Bocharov. The Deputy Head of the city looked, assessed the situation and emotional intensity of the crowd and invited everyone in the auditorium of the enterprise. The workers, after consulting among themselves, agreed and headed towards the entrance security checkpoint. But it was not so easy to pass it. Security laid down a condition that only 5 people could be allowed to go in at a time. This angered the employees. With indignation at the "draconian order" established Gorobtsov, people left the checkpoint and continued their protest, which in the form could not be seen as a protest, but on the internal content and intensity, it was precisely such.

The police present at the same time, watched what was happening but did not intervene, warning protestors they would not tolerate breaches in public order. I must say that workers at the time of this standing at the entrance, behaved consistently and with dignity, without giving any reason for police intervention.

After some time out of doors of the company, again appeared K.V. Bocharov and repeatedly asked the workers to come into the assembly hall, while ensuring that all interested persons could pass through, except reporters and TV crews. Why the representative of city government suddenly formed a disliking of the media, he failed to explain, and nobody ask him about that. They all took it for granted. What can you do?! That’s the authorities for you ...

The small room dimly lit hall of failed to evoke much optimism, and very emotional situation gathered clouds over the upcoming meeting, and prepared a storm and threat of popular anger.

The hall gradually filled up, and almost all the seats were occupied. At the presidium sat K.V. Bocharov and A.N. Avtoneev, secretary of the Ivanovo city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) and chairman of the public association "Perspective".

Bocharov conducted the meeting. Trying to calm the audience, he began the conversation by offering to settle the conflict at the company and begin normal operation, and asked what the workers were not satisfied with at work. His last question "added fuel to the fire." The hall was in uproar.

Valery Lavetkin, a heavy goods driver stood up, and in turn asked Bocharov a number of counter-questions, "Why is the enterprise conducting mass layoffs? At one time you said that it would be better lay off 100 workers rather than one manager, so how do you think about that now? Why lay off people who signed the letter to the President of Russia, just because they put their signature to this letter? Why are entire teams being fired for this?" The hall thundered: "Our demand is that it is necessary to replace the head of the enterprise."

Trying to seize the initiative and reassure those present, Bocharov, not answering the questions by Lavetkin, changed the conversation and said that from Friday (15/07/2011), all orders on reduction in employee number will be revoked, and layoffs on those grounds will not be made. "If there are layoffs, then, only for violations, truancy, boozing, and the rest he will sort out himself", - said deputy head of administration.

It seemed that this message was to reassure people, but no. In the hearts of so many workers boiled resentment at the indignity and humiliation they suffered from the director Gorobtsov, that they did not want to make any concessions. Only one condition, said the workers - the director had to be fired. The hall was buzzing with indignation. People took turns getting up to speak, or directly from their seats, and expressed the bitterness that had accumulated in recent years, with difficulty selecting an expression that would not upset the authorities by the workers’ directness, they demanded from the administration only one thing - replace the director. They were by now not worried about the argument of the presidium, that a worse director could replace the present one. They had only one argument - "It can’t get any worse than it is already."

Again Lavetkin Valery stood up and said: "Today I get cake on one side spread with honey and mustard spread on the other side. If Gorobets remains, then tomorrow he will dismiss all of us one by one from the company. I know him from the Kohomsky DRSU company, which he successfully ruined and bankrupted. I had to leave there. Today, he is destroying the SMP and is preparing me again the fate of an unemployed man."

The workers supported Valery, and voices could be heard saying: "And what about those who have already been fired? They should be reinstated."

After enduring a brief pause, Bocharov agreed with the need to restore the previously dismissed workers. He suggested that those who had already been dismissed, some of whom were present in the hall, write an application for reinstatement.

Only yesterday the authorities were adamant they did not even want to listen to ordinary people, but now are available, softer, supple and making concessions. Politically infantile citizens would ask themselves what happened with the authorities. But something is clear to us. The answer is ridiculously simple. First of all, workers appealed for help to the Communists, and secondly this is all on the verge of elections in October 2011 in the State Duma and in March 2012 - Russian Presidential elections. The "United Russia" party has a problem with getting votes in this election, and in the company a large group of disgruntled workers has formed, so the authorities are rushing to extinguish the conflict and to "stabilize" the situation at least until March 2012. And the elections will pass and again, they will do anything they like, including violate all past commitments, arguing - political expediency. Until the next election which will be in 5 years, during this time, all resentment will be forgotten, and on the shoulders of naive once again they will "enter into power."

Events in the company, are somewhat similar to the situation with the electric trolley buses in the regional center, which the authorities wanted to destroy in the spring. The authorities managed to extinguish the conflict. Will it be able to cope with this?

Times change, people change, and they are not so gullible as they used to be. They frankly do not believe the authorities. That is why in the hall, unflattering accusations flew: "We have two "fronts", one for managers who receive a salary and live happily ever after, and another, our "front" of workers, those who lose their jobs and wages, have lowered allowances, and are denied bonuses".

Presiding Bocharov, knowing that he was unable to control the situation at a meeting, and trying to seize the initiative went on to make further concessions: "As for pay, the foreman puts forward the allowance, and whoever does not agree with this allowance, we will create a commission, which will include a member of HR, a chairman of the trade union ...". The explosion of laughter do not let him finish. Through the laughter of the workers said: "What kind of defenders of the people are they. They follow the bosses orders and have no opinions of their own."

Behind the podium stood Director Gorobets. The words he uttered, a few disconnected phrases and difficult to understand outraged the hall. Sounded: "What is there to talk to him about! Lets get out of here!" The workers all at once got up and walked to the door, talking on the way about this meeting. In their words, there was no optimism, no hope for the future and no satisfaction, even in view of the fact that the employer knocked out individual concessions. They are well aware of their director and are assured that this gentleman will not forgive anyone or anything. People said: "The Rubicon has been crossed" and we should now go to the end, until victory. Only replacement of the director can make a difference to the enterprise."

In the empty hall remained Bocharov, Gorobets, Avtoneev and several people from the administration of the company.

All the workers left the checkpoint, where they were met by waiting journalists and TV people yearning for information and with professional curiosity asked questions and recorded on camera interviews with workers about the meeting in the auditorium and the latest news that the journalists needed but were excommunicated by the will of the local authorities.

Gradually journalistic curiosity was satisfied, cameras and tripods into the cars the media left to return to their studios and editorial offices to prepare new material about the struggle of the workers for their rights, dosing out the truth by measure of their honesty.

The action continued. The workers waited for Andrei Avtoneev who negotiated with Bocharov, and the managers. It was a long wait and the impatient workers went home. But the backbone of about twenty people continued to wait for the result. After half an hour Andrei came out. The workers surrounded him. He said "Bocharov suggested to the protesting workers nominate candidates for the post of Deputy Director of the company." For the workers, this proposal was a surprise. It could be seen that the situation meant the regional governor had to act in any manner in the shortest possible time to extinguish the conflict. So now the city administration has to make concessions, which were unthinkable before even today. A candidate for Deputy Director was immediately found by the workers, and it just this man that Gorobets has long been methodically persecuting trying to drive out of the company under any pretext. The question arises, how the deputy and director to will work, having such a relationship. One gets the impression that the government's current goal is to extinguish the conflict at the enterprise, and after the elections, "We will work out what to do with him."

Wednesday, 20 July 2011




Santiago de Chile, July 15 (Prensa Latina). A national march of students in Chile, which was attended by over 100 000 people demanding democratic and non-privatized education ended with heavy clashes with police.

Riot police used tear gas and water cannon against the participants of the mobilization that took place in Heroes' Square, a few blocks from the Palacio de la Moneda.

The police surrounded the demonstrators and was faced with a group of hooded students trying to get out, witnesses reported at the incident.

Earlier, the government authorized the march on the site Alameda Avenue, which was supposed to start at the main railway station and end up at Heroes' Square, not reaching the palace of La Moneda.

Leaders of the Confederation of Students of Chile did not comply with this order, and called on students and other demonstrators to begin the march from Italy Square, in the heart of the capital, and continue along the Alameda to the outskirts of La Moneda, the seat of the government.

The call for demonstrations, which prompted students from different regions of the country, was sent to families of young college students, high school pupils and to society as a whole.



Students, teachers, community organizations and citizens of Chile on July 14 became the protagonists of a new burst of a national campaign for free public education.
"Tomorrow we will again conduct a demonstration under the slogan "Yes" and only "Yes" and walk in the march from Italy Square," said the night before, Camila Vallejo, the president of the student federation at the University of Chile,.

The university leader reiterated the decision of students to keep to the previous course to enhance the wave of protests.

Last week, the student movement rejected the proposal of the Government of Chile on Higher Education, which, they argue, does not make deep structural changes in the education system in the South American country's most expensive and very selective, that is not for everyone.

The system does not guarantee the fundamental human rights to education, leaving quality training at the mercy of the market, as stressed in public statements by the student federation.

The call for a demonstration on behalf of the federation of student teachers and the College of Chile was supported by high school students, the confederation of workers, unions, health workers' and the National Federation of Copper Mine Workers, as well as many other organizations.

Agency "Prensa Latina"



Employees of bus companies in Vladivostok on Friday, July 15, held a warning protest against the poverty of the industry, in which work was suspended. For 15 minutes, 10.00 - 10.15 am – cashiers were closed, and buses stopped en route.

Above the cash registers and buses, notices were placed to inform people about the suspension of work for 15 minutes. In addition, passengers were notified verbally. According to reports, there were no complaints form passengers, and they even supported the initiative of the bus workers.

New equipment for maintaining buses which wear, takes about 80% of funds. For three years the price of fuel has increased by 1.5 times, a third - for parts, tires, and municipal services tax, extra-budgetary funds - by 1 / 4. Land tax has to be paid by many, which has risen 12.2 times.

If the measures put forward by members of the bus companies as part of preventive actions are not taken, then they are ready to further and take longer strike action.

On Friday, the action share of employees was supported by the majority of bus companies that are not even in a union. Only Vladivostok commercial buses operating on city routes refused to take part.



This took place on July 8, reported to Interfax the chairman of the theatre trade-union, Anna Samson.

Theater workers oppose a 30 percent reduction in staff. Now in the theatre are working 109 people. Management want to fire 33 - on the pretext that there is not enough money in the budget. It has been reported that Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Senyukov has gone to Balashov.



The number of victims of clashes with police which took place in the Dominican Republic accompanying a 24-hour general strike has risen to three. Now on the list of victims - three men.

Two of them were killed in the city of Santiago, located in the north. Also in the course of bitter clashes of protesters with the police 12 people were injured and 20 were arrested.
The unions, who organized the strike in protest against rising food prices, vehicle fuel and medicines, said that their call was supported by about 90% of the workers. Strikers demanded the authorities increase to 35% salaries of civil servants, but also advocated the allocation of additional funds to the education system, according to ITAR-TASS.


Early in the morning of 10 July, about 5 am Astana time, riot police once again moved in and attacked the camp of hunger strikers, many of whom were sleeping, and brutally beat them. Some of the workers were arrested, some activists managed to escape, and those who could not stand up on their own because of the severe weakness due to prolonged hunger (the hunger strike has lasted almost two months), were forcibly placed in hospital under heavy police protection. According to the strikers, against their continued rally at Independence Square in Zhanaozen, a considerable force the Interior Ministry have been mvoing in, including special units with heavy equipment. In the next few hours, they may attack the protesting workers.

Today, the workers managed to get out of the hospital in Zhanaozen, Natalia Azhigalievu a detainee. She was literally lifted out through a window, bypassing the police guards. This was done to prevent the imminent arrest of the activist, as this is her 60th day on hunger strike. Against her as against Akzhanata Aminov and Natalia Sokolova a criminal case has been opened under Article 164 of "inciting social discord" and the secret services intend to put them in prison. Natalia Azhigalivoey’s state of health, according to representatives of independent trade unions, is very serious, as she already recognises the very few people that are present.

Participants in the meeting (5-6 thousand people), which lasts three days, including the striking workers and their families, are expecting over the next few hours, an attack by riot police with reinforcments and other special forces who have gathered around the parts of the city, accompanied with heavy equipment. The workers have publicly declared that, despite the crude blackmail of the authorities to use force to disperse their peaceful rally, they are not going anywhere, and will defend their right to the end. At the same time, through their independent unions, the striking oil workers appeal to the authorities and employers to avoid bloodshed and violence that can lead to casualties. Now the strikers were joined by new labour groups, which suggests that the repression has only spurred a new wave of the strike movement.

Source: socialismkz.info