The Guardian November 15, 2000


WFTU says "Support Russian farm workers!"

The World Federation of Trade Unions has issued the following statement 
in support of the national campaign of action being undertaken by workers 
in Russia's agro-industry sector:

Despite difficult conditions and the deplorable state of the national 
economy, the Trade Union of Workers of the Agro-Industrial Complexes in 
Russia is persistently fighting to defend the basic rights and interests of 
the workers in this vital sector of the national economy.

Broad masses of workers and trade union committees at all levels are 
involved in this struggle, as will be shown during the National Day of 
Action on November 28 when protest actions will take place throughout 
Russia.

Among the main concerns of the workers is the present inadequate support 
given by the Russian Government to development of the agro-industrial 
complex in order to end the sector's present devastated conditions, and the 
need to re-establish the Social Security Fund for this sector of 
production.

They demand a ten percent rise in the national budget for 2000 for this 
sector, as well as a ban on the sale of agricultural land.

They also demand 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 World Federation of Trade Unions strongly supports these just demands 
of the workers of the agro-industrial complex of Russia.

The WFTU calls upon all its affiliates and friendly organisations in all 
countries to express their solidarity with the Central Committee and 
members of the Trade Union of Workers of the Agro-Industrial Complex of the 
Russian Federation.

Letters of support for these demands may be faxed to

Mr V V Putin
President of the Russian Federation, Moscow
Fax: + 7095 2060501

Mr M M Kasianov
Prime Minister, Moscow
Fax: + 7095 2054109

Mr G N Seleznev
Chairman of State Duma:
Fax: + 7095 2923249

Please send copies to:
Mr A S Davydov, President,
Central Committee of Trade Union of Workers of
Agro-Industrial Complex of Russia, Moscow:
Fax: + 7095 9388263 or 9306827

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