Thursday, August 17, 2017

In Defense of Man of Labor movement launches in Yekaterinburg

A new inter-regional public and political movement has been launched in Yekaterinburg called the "In Defense of Man of Labor" movement.

According to the regional federation of trade unions, 470 delegates from the Kurgan, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, the Yamal-Nenets and Khansy-Mansi autonomous areas, and the Perm Territory were expected to gather on Tuesday for the constituent assembly, Itar-Tass reports.

Initiative groups of the movement now exist in the various regions and major preparation work has already been conducted. Objectives of the workers' movement for present-day Russia were discussed with workers at the Urals plants. The objectives formed the skeleton of the movement charter. During the meeting, the assembly will discuss the document and elect governing structures.

"We call for fight against ineffective and people - unrespected functionaries in central and local power and immediate revision of all the present programs for social and economic development of regions, cities and districts," Yevgeny Artyukh, a co-chairman of the organizing committee, said, according to Itar-Tass. "We must come out in a united front. We have the energy and will to make the country strong, successful and happy."

The movement is concerned with the need to enhance the respect for labor, problems of staff shortage and staff outflow, and the lack of representation for workers in power structures. According to the movement, the ignorance of working people's interests has led to social strife.

"But we do not want a return to 'rail wars', walkouts and hunger strikes of the 1990s," Igor Kholmanskikh, the organizing committee's co-chairman, said, according to Itar-Tass. "The new political movement is intended to constructively solve problems facing the working population."