LabourStart appeal backs Estonian activist sacked for speaking out

An online appeal has been launched calling for the reinstatement of an Estonian shop steward reportedly sacked for speaking out against his employer.

Sergey Mastepan – a union representative for ITF affiliate the Estonian Independent Seamen’s Union (EISU) – has been dismissed by Transiidikeskus AS, a stevedoring services company based around the port of Tallinn.

Sergey’s dismissal happened after he spoke out in a picket line speech about poor working conditions and anti-union discrimination by the employer. He has also been raising awareness about the situation in the media.

Minor or fabricated contract ‘violations’ are said to have been used as justification for Sergey’s dismissal after more than 20 years of service.

The EISU is fighting back, mounting a legal case against the company and a global online campaign is underway calling on Transiidikeskus AS board members to take action to secure Sergey’s reinstatement.

Jyri Lember, ESIU chair, said: “Sergey is a dedicated trade unionist, he’s working to improve conditions for union members in the port of Tallinn and for that he’s being victimised. As a movement we can’t let that go, we have to stand up for what’s right. Making sure Sergey gets his job back and that issues of poor working conditions and anti-union discrimination are addressed are our top priorities. We appreciate the international solidarity our brothers and sisters from the ITF are offering us in this struggle.”

Support Sergey and the EISU now: http://goo.gl/YOpB9z

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Aleksander Meier

381 Days Ago
The Estonian Seamen's Independent Union (EMSA) proposed to Transiidikeskusee AS launching collective agreement talks. According to EMSA the agreement draft has two important conditions: monthly salaries should rise as of next year by at least 200 euros and seven additional paid vacation days should be given to workers. More information please find on the link: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/transport/?doc=112895
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mario

390 Days Ago
Bosses be have with arrogance every were, last month a worker in northen Italy was sacked for describing in his facebook profile the bad working conditions of his firm. His working mates stopped the firm production and he was immediately reintegrated. An example of active solidarity!!
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Maria

412 Days Ago
If you want Estonia to truly be seen as an advanced nation, workers' safety is a fundamental part of that. Working with Unions can only make your workforce happier and the country will become more popular in trading with other EU countries. Reinstate this employee and take acttion to improve workers' safety.
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Mark Nurse

412 Days Ago
come on guys, be fair to your staff. A happy work force give a much better performance. Reinstate your sacked Staff and put them on the committees, to help.
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Eddie Seymour

412 Days Ago
this person has the courage to stand up for his principles regarding the safety of his workmates. All power to him and his colleagues. reinstate the workers and sit down and talk to settle this dispute.
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RAY D DENNISON

412 Days Ago
MAKE THE COMPANY PUT THE PERSON BACK TO WORK AND WITH PAY FOR ALL THE TIME HE HAS BEEN OFF WORK AND SHUT THE DAMN COMPANY DOWN THE DAMN COMPANY IS A BUNCH OF TURD TUMBLING REPUBLICANS.
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