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Global union pledges support to Ukrainian rail union campaign 

14 May 2019
Press Release

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has given its full support to seven demands made by the Trade Union of Railwaymen and Transport Construction Workers of Ukraine (TURTCWU).  

The TURTCWU is calling on the government to respect the collective agreements of the railways and take urgent action to maintain the Ukrainian railway system.  

On 14 May, the workers of the TURTCWU will rally in Kiev to make their demands heard, and ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton has sent this statement: “On behalf of the 18.5 million members of the ITF in 147 countries, including millions of railway workers, I would like to express our solidarity and full support for the seven lawful demands of our affiliate, the Trade Union of Railwaymen and Transport Construction Workers of Ukraine.  

“The rally in Kiev today has been called in connection with non-respect of the current sectoral and collective agreements by the JSC Ukrzaliznytsya. A keystone of the demands is the increase of hourly tariff rates and official salaries for the employees of the company, except senior management, of not less than 25 percent from 1st April 2019.  

“The impoverished Ukrainian railwaymen can no longer be ignored and their voices cannot be silenced! Together we are strong! Long live solidarity of the workers! The ITF will always stand by the Ukrainian railwaymen.” 

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ABOUT THE ITF: The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is a democratic global union federation of 670 transport workers trade unions representing 18.5 million workers in 147 countries. The ITF works to improve the lives of transport workers globally, encouraging and organising international solidarity among its network of affiliates. The ITF represents the interests of transport workers' unions in bodies that take decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions and safety in the transport industry. 
 
For the latest news from the ITF visit www.itfglobal.org/en/news  

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