Russian agro-industrial workers to take action
In the difficult conditions and the deplorable state of the national economy, the Trade Union of Workers of Agro-Industrial Complex in Russia is persistently fighting to defend the basic rights and interests of the workers and this vital sector of the national economy itself. Workers and trade union committees at all levels are taking action on November 21 and again in Moscow on November 28. Among the main concerns of the workers is the present inadequate support given to development of the agro-industrial complex in order to end the present devastated conditions, and the need to re-establish the Fund for Social Security for this sector of production. Workers are demanding a 10 per cent increase in the national budget for 2001 for the agricultural sector, the elimination of the unequal exchange between agricultural and industrial products, which has now become all the more unfavourable due to the increase in the prices of oil and electricity. The agricultural workers are also calling for a ban on the sale of agricultural land. The Yelstin Government made attempts to break up the collective and state farms by privatising land which has remained publicly owned. A statement by the World Federation of Trade Unions says the WFTU strongly supports the just demands of the workers of the agro-industrial complexes of Russia and calls upon all its affiliates and friendly organisations in all countries, to express their solidarity.