About the Ñentre
The Union Rights' Defence Centre is a Non-governmental organization that functions within the framework of the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) and its aim is to advocate for the fundamental rights of workers: for unions, for creating trade unions, for the right to collective bargaining, for strikes.
Today, even if these rights are recognised in most ‘Post-soviet’ countries, this recognition is only declarative and is under constant threat. Market liberalization, employers taking the law into their own hands, government policy and judicial practice create obstacles for workers in their pursuit of defending their interests and to get better conditions for themselves and a better life for their families.
The Union Rights' Defence Centre:
• Conducts monitoring of the violation of fundamental trade union and social-labour rights of workers both in Russia and in other countries of the former Soviet Union;
• Provides the necessary legal and practical aid to trade unions and also to workers who are eager to fight and join a union for the purpose of protecting their rights;
• Organises public campaigns in support of workers and trade unions activists under pressure.
The director of the Centre is Valentin Urusov.
The Board of the Centre:
— Kirill Buketov, coordinator of the International Union of Food and Allied Workers' Association (IUF);
— Andrei Demidov, vice president of the Confederation of Labour of Russia, co-chair of the Interregional Trade Union of Education Employees ‘Teacher’ (‘Uchitel’);
— Alexey Etmanov, member of the Board of Confederation of Labour of Russia, chair of the Interregional Trade Union ‘Workers' Association’ (MPRA);
— Elena Gerasimova, director of the Center for Social and Labor Rights;
— Igor Kovalchuk, chair of the Executive Committee of Confederation of Labour of Russia, first vice chair of the Seafarers' Union of Russia;
— Sergei Kovalev, general secretary of the Confederation of Labour of Russia, president of the Federal Union of Air Traffic Controllers of Russia;
— Boris Kravchenko, president of the Confederation of Labour of Russia;
— Pavel Kudyukin, co-chair of the Interregional Trade Union of Higher Education Employees ‘University Solidarity’;
— Svetlana Razina, the member of the Board of Confederation of Labour of Russia, chair of the Moscow Metro Workers' Union;
— Oleg Shein, the member of the Board of Confederation of Labour of Russia, co-chair of the Interregional Association of Workers Unions ‘Defense of Labour’ (‘Zashchita Truda’);
— Valentin Urusov, director of the Union Rights' Defence Centre.
Contact numbers: +7 495 958-13-98, +7 915 275-60-02
Declaration of the Centre
Biography of Valentin Urusov