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[DOC] Claim against JSC ‘Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company’ [Ukraine]

Author: Independent trade union ‘Zakhyst Pratsi’ (Ukraine), Published on: 15 May 2013

…‘Zakhyst Pratsi’ Union’s coordinator…received multiple calls from the workers of ‘Izmail Servicing Station of Technical Ship Service Centre of the JSC "Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company"…The workers were seeking help and legal assistance in order to return their unpaid salary for the last several months and complained about the inhumane conditions of work breaching all existing health and safety requirements. After the union organizers’ visits to the workplace and multiple meetings with the collective, we have verified the information that workers are not being paid since September 2012 (for more than 7 months already) and health and safety requirements are not being followed by the administration. In particular, in winter the workplace premises are unheated, basic hygiene standards and safety are not met – there is no warm water, workplace instructions are nonexistent, workers are not getting obligatory uniform for physical work and are not even provided with milk for working in harmful conditions…The management of the enterprise is unable to give any concrete reply to the collective on when the salaries will be paid and if they will ever be paid at all…[T]he CEO of the UDP [Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company] - Alexander Dolgov has threatened collective with the Article 111 of Labor Code, which states that in case of non-fulfillment of output quotas may result in payroll cuts. Ignoring the absence of adequate work conditions and non-payment of 7 months salary, Mr. Dolgov has threatened and intimidated protesting workers promising to sack them as soon as finds a reason to. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company to respond. Company's response is below.]

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