Trade Union Perspectives on the War in Ukraine

Author: Alena Ivanova

This report highlights the experience of trade unions in the on-going Russian war against Ukraine. In Ukraine, like many other European states, trade unions are a central pillar of the social dialogue process. Prior to the full-scale invasion they had a strong track record of successfully contesting government proposals to deregulate the labour market. They are now facing a new situation marked by an active, high-intensity conventional war and associated poor economic conditions, which brings with it limited scope for undertaking advocacy on behalf of their members under conditions of martial law.

The report is based on the author’s engagements with trade unionists on the ground since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, primarily as a volunteer activist with the UK-based advocacy organisation, Ukraine Solidarity Campaign.

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