Nearly 40 railway activists have come together in Chernihiv, Ukraine to plan how they can adapt to organise in restructured railway companies.
Women and young activists make up the majority of the participants. They are all members of the Trade Union of Railwaymen and Transport Construction Workers of Ukraine (TURTCWU) and work across railway stations, depots and wagon services.
The event, from 28 to 30 May 2019, is backed by the Swedish Union To Union organisation.
ITF inland transport assistant secretary Janina Malinovska attended the event: “As railways are reformed, it is crucial for unions to define their role, goals and strategy.
“But their mission should still be to defend their members, ensure decent and safe working conditions and wages, and engage young activists.”