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23 January, 2017 / kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Repression of Independent Trade Unions

The ITUC has written to the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to demand the release of imprisoned trade unionists and an end to repression of the ITUC-affiliated Confederation of Independent Trade Union of Kazakhstan KNPRK and its affiliates.
14 December, 2016 / kazakhstan
Kazakhstan: state threat to shut down independent trade unions

Kazakhstan: state threat to shut down independent trade unions

Kazakhstan’s main independent trade union confederation is fighting for its life, as a court reviews a “justice” ministry bid to have it shut down.

The legal onslaught on union organisation comes after a four-year drive against opposition political parties and independent media. Nevertheless the workers’ movement is not beaten: strikes, even where organised outside the law, are forcing employers and state authorities alike to back off.