Kazakhstan: 2 trade union leaders sentenced to prison for organising protests of Oil Construction Company (part of KazMunayGas) workers against closure of union

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27 June 2017

Kazakh Oil Construction Company cracks down on union activists

Author: IndustriALL

On 7 April the court of Astana sentenced Nurbek Kushakbayev to two-and-a-half years in a corrective labour colony for his calls to hold a strike. This is the first time a union leader has been prosecuted through the recently adopted Criminal Code. The judge has also satisfied the OCC’s demand to collect KZT 25 million (US$80,000) from Kushakbayev for alleged harm caused to the company...OCC management started mass layoffs of employees who participated in the protests. The OCC is a part of KazMunaiGas, the largest state oil and gas company in Kazakhstan.

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27 June 2017

Kazakhstan: Trade union leader jailed

Author: Human Rights Watch

A Kazakh court...sentenced a trade union leader to two years in prison on politically motivated embezzlement charges, Human Rights Watch said...[T]he trade unionist, Amin Yeleusinov, 55, is banned from engaging in any trade union activities for five years, will have any “illegally obtained property” confiscated, and must pay US$26,300 in damages. Yeleusinov’s conviction is the latest development in an ongoing crackdown on independent labor movement in Kazakhstan, Human Rights Watch said.The targeting of Yeleusinov for prosecution appears to be motivated by the government’s discontent over protests in western Kazakhstan in January. Oil Construction Company workers staged a hunger strike against the closure of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan, after which Yeleusinov and his colleague, Nurbek Kushakbaev, were arrested.

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27 June 2017

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27 June 2017

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