In relation to the terrorist act that happened Octobet, 10th in Ankara, the president of the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) Boris Kravchenko sent an appeal to the leaders of the Confederation of Public Service Unions of Turkey (KESK) and the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK).

Russian authorities will reverse a number of controversial cost-cutting measures following protests, work stoppages and even hunger strike action by beleaguered health care staff.

On 22 September, Alexander Kruglov, an air controller, Svetlana Krivsun, a trainee of the air control department, and Roman Dunayev, the chief of flights at Vnukovo have been released as the maximum allowable term for keeping them in custody has expired.

In January 2014, at the request of the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) and the pilots union at Aeroflot (ShPLS), the LabourStart launched an online campaign demanding the release of jailed union leaders Alexei Shlyapnokov, Valeriy Pimoshenko and Sergei Knyshov, and the ITF Civil Aviation Section supported this campaign. This week, the court of appeals overturned their sentences and all three were sent home. They are under a kind of house arrest, and there will be a new trial.

On August 28 2015, two IUF affiliates representing Danone workers in Russia—Novoprof and AIWUR—ratified a new national agreement with Danone Russia. The agreement aims to clarify the provisions of Danone—IUF 1997 agreement applied in case of changes in activities related to employment or terms of employment and interpret it in a way to be fully implemented in line with the national legislation and local context.

“Two of us covered eight precincts for a week”: Moscow doctors talk about the work-to-rule strike. Open Left presents a unique set of interviews with the doctors involved in the first protest in the Moscow medical care system since 1993.

Moscow doctors have declared a work-to-rule strike. Disgruntled by personnel cuts and the introduction of time limits for seeing patients, they said they would now work strictly by the rules, without overtime. We found out how the strike has been going in the capital’s clinics.

Today FNPR Chairman Mikhail Shmakov and KTR President Boris Kravchenko signed a joint statement “The right to strike”. The General Council of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) announced 18 of February 2015 a global day of action on the right to strike. FNPR and KTR, being ITUC affiliates, fully support this initiative.

An important legal victory for the Interregional Trade Union "Workers Association" (ITUWA; KTR and IndustriALL affiliate) this week set a precedent in the fight against precarious temporary contracts in the region’s auto-industry.

On September 15th, the Russian Government announced a fund to assist Russian enterprises affected by sanctions. The fund will be raised by raiding the national Pension Fund and Health Insurance Fund, eliminating wage increases for civil servants, and reducing housing and utilities payments.

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