Declaration of protest against the ban of MPRA in Russia

January 30, 2018 - International Automotive Workers Coordination turns determined against ban and dissolution of Interregional Trade Union Workers Association (MPRA), which was decreed by court of Saint Petersburg on January 10, 2018.

 

In the struggle against smashing of MPRA and for the legitimate right of free and democratic trade unions we declare our full solidarity. We call upon worldwide protests and for broad solidarity with militant trade union association MPRA.

Ban and dissolution of MPRA is directed against its successfull building up in several car companies in Russia, like Ford in Wsjewoloshsk close to Saint Petersburg, AwtoWAS/Lada in Toljatti, VW Kaluga and many other more. Same way the ban should hit the militant trade union work of about 4,000 membership. Signifant strikes, like at Ford in the year 2007, since then had brought them respect and an acknowledgement under an increasing number of workers.

Justification of the court, MPRA should relate their work only to her own field of activity, shows very clear, that especially organizing of trade union solidarity, also over country boarders is intended to be hind. So MPRA had a leading role in support of the struggle of russian truckers against higher taxes due to introduction of a state-owned toll system. Accused is MPRAs' affiliation to International Metal Workers Association IndustriALL, in relation with alleged financial support from abroad. IndustriALL has declared protest against the ban of MPRA and is standing for reacknowledgement of its russian affiliate.

First ban of a trade union in Russia marks an open political oppression of oppositional, progressive forces, just in the situation of upcoming presidential elections in March.

We condemn this fundamental attack on trade union rights, organizing workers solidarity, foundation of a strong international (trade union) workers unity and political oppression of trade unions.

Representatives of MPRA from Russia had participed at several Automotive Workers Counsels in Germany, as well as at the Foundation Meeting of International Automotive Workers Coordination at 1st International Automotive Workers Conference in Sindelfingen/Germany in October 2015.

 

Get in solidarity with MPRA, with their members and other supporters!

Organize international protests and activities by your trade unions and organizations, especially by all affiliates of IndustriALL!

 

In Solidarity

 

Carlos Luiz Prates Mancha (Brazil), Diego Rejon Bayo (Spain), Joern Kleffel (Germany)

Coordinators of ICOG

 

International Coordinating Group