On Wednesday, September 6, the Moscow City Court issued a ruling on the lawsuit of Aeroflot flight attendants Evgenia Magurina and Irina Jerusalimskaya. The claims of the airline workers were partially met. Russian trade unions welcome this decision and consider it necessary to seek the elimination of all types of discrimination for the airline employees.
Declaration of the Union Rights' Defence CentreAnd yet we still hear news around the world about the harassment of workers, attacks on trade union activists, arrests, new legal limits on union rights or strikes, lock-outs and dismissals. Greece and Bahrain, Iran and Egypt, Columbia, Peru, Canada, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Korea, Indonesia and Pakistan are on the map of trade unions and workers activists' battles with persecution. It is sad to admit, but most of the countries of our region, the former Soviet Union countries, are also in this list.
Failure to provide trade union rights is the source of growing inequality, poverty, food and environmental problems. Attacks on labour and trade union rights today are at the end of the day, attacks on our future. To protect it we have to have that unique instrument, the organization of employees, which we can set against the growing power of corporations and financial institutions, and neoliberal policies of governments.
Trade union rights are the key to this.
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