It is the working families of Ukraine who suffer most from the Russian invasion. They are not only fighting the invader, but also battling to survive criminal bombardment of their homes and their country’s electricity, hospitals, water supply and transport networks.
It is the workers who also keep Ukraine’s factories, mines, trains and offices running, often at risk to their own lives.
Despite their effort and sacrifice, Ukraine´s economy may shrink even more than 35% (IMF prediction), worsening the poverty that already afflicts millions of Ukrainians.
However, the workers of Ukraine have not been left to face this appalling trial alone. Ever since Putin’s invasion started, workers in the rest of Europe have sent them material aid, through their trade unions and through civil society organisations.
But we are aware that what has been done so far is small compared to so much destruction and so much need.
Now support must increase!
As the war grinds on, Putin’s strategy is to make life for ordinary Ukrainians unbearable, an unending torture of bombardments, blackouts and shortages: he wants to bring country to its knees so that in the face of the military escalation and the threat of nuclear war the conquest of Eastern Ukraine is accepted.
That must not happen! The Ukrainian people’s resistance must have our solidarity and our material support!
TRADE UNION AID CAMPAIGNS WITH UKRAINE
The European Network for Solidarity with Ukraine (ENSU) calls for support to all the trade union Ukraine aid campaigns now under way.
As further campaigns are launched, we shall also publicise and support them.
Here are the aid campaigns that various trade union and left organisations and networks are running with Ukraine.
Support them as best you can!
1. Workers’ Aid to Ukraine—initiative of the International Labour Network of Solidarity and Struggle (ILNSS) Information: https://international.my.canva.site/virtualconvoytoukraine Make your contribution to the ILNSS’s Third Convoy to Ukraine (March-April 2023) HERE
2. Union aid: support Ukraine mineworkers' resistance—initiative of Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (UK) Information: https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2022/12/22/labour-movement-aid-delivered-to-ukrainian-resistance/
3. Convoys to Ukraine—initiative of International Workers Unity-Fourth International
Information (Spanish): https://uit-ci.org/index.php/2022/05/09/exitoso-viaje-a-ucrania-de-la-uit-ci/
Make your contribution to the account ES64 2100 3459 3821 0022 0515 with the note Ukraine. The account is that of Lluita Internationalista (Internationalist Struggle), Spanish state section of International Workers Unity—Fourth International)
4. Trade Union solidarity—initiative of a group of German trade unionists
Information (German): https://www.sozonline.de/2022/12/gewerkschaftliche-solidaritaet/
Make your contribution to the account DE94 4306 0967 6049 1075 00, with the note Ukraine solidarity.
For a list other trade union-based aid campaigns to Ukraine go HERE