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.

On April 14, 2016, the third IUF International Fast Food Workers' Day, the Union Novoprof launched the “People in Fast Food” campaign in Moscow under the slogan “Decent Jobs—Tasty Meals” with the aim of organizing fast food workers to fight for decent jobs. As in many other countries, the majority of fast food employees in Russia are adults, who are often supporting families and whose jobs are the main source of family income.

Declaration by the international commission of the central council of the University Solidarity trade union, on the repression of educational employees in Turkey

The Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) supports the campaign against forced labor and persecution of human rights defenders in Uzbekistan. The country officials have created one of the largest public systems of forced labor, designed to ensure the production of cotton—the "white gold" of Uzbekistan.

The KTR-affiliated Novoprof is supporting and organizing workers at the Moscow restaurants of the international fast food chain Sbarro, where workers have not been paid since July 2015.

Chairman of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR) Far Eastern Organization Nikolay Sukhanov informs that the SUR Far Eastern Organization received a message of thanks from the crewmembers of the above vessel.

Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) and Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) issued the joint statement about the recent developments in Syria and its effects on the international arena, including Turkey—Russia relations.

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