Our union’s first step was to create local branches at Kyiv’s tram and trolleybus depots. Today, AUITU Labour Protection unites those working in trade, public transport, the chemical industry, telecommunications and the media, banking, construction, food manufacturing, healthcare, education, and many more sectors in nearly all regions of Ukraine. We are particularly proud to have unionised Ukrainian miners: Labour Protection representation is in place at the state-owned ‘Volyn-Coal’ and ‘Selidov-Coal’ mines.
Some of the union’s greatest victories have been: securing the reemployment of Vladimir Demyan, chairman of the union at Metro Cash and Carry Ukraine Ltd, who was wrongly dismissed from his post; launching a successful campaign against the privatisation of Kyiv’s public markets; ensuring salary arrears for members working in social housing construction; and pushing for the recognition of union rights at Karpatneftekhim Enterprises in Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Lvivelektrotransport in Lviv and The Kyiv National Museum of History, among others.
The union has carried out numerous successful campaigns for the legal recognition of unions and respect for human rights among corporations. We have played an active role in the campaign against anti-worker amendments to labour legislation, and provide effective legal aid to workers involved in labour disputes.
The main aims of AUITU Labour Protrection are: to increase the quality of life of Ukrainian workers; to raise the status of trade unions; to protect the socioeconomic interests of labourers in the broadest sense of the word; to oppose anti-worker legislative reforms and the privatisation of public space; and to fight against hikes in utility tariffs, the price of public transport and fraud, both at work and at home.
Our union is founded on the principles of democratic organising, equality, and international workers’ solidarity. Don’t delay, join our struggle today!