Russia: A power engineer must not be poor

February 18, 2013
November demonstrations in Moscow
Russian energy workers are in discussion with their employers concerning wages and working conditions. They request that PSI and its affiliates send messages of support and solidarity.

Faced with an absence of increase in real wages for several years and a huge disparity between managerial staff wages and salaries of normal workers, electricity employees are demanding an increase in real wages of at least 25%.

Following an initial protest in November 2012, the All-Russian Electric Trade Union, a PSI affiliate,  is organising a second protest action in Moscow on 20th February, with regional meetings and pickets throughout the whole of Russia. They expect around 500 demonstrators at the Moscow rally. They will be wearing their work uniforms and carry regional energy company or trade union banners.

The All-Russian Electric Trade Union requests that PSI and its affiliates send messages of support and solidarity for their actions. Please send letters to:

Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich, President of the Russian Federation, Medvedev Dmitry Anatolievich, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, and Novak Alexandr Valentinovich, Minister of Energy of Russian Federation (minenergo@minenergo.gov.ru) with a copy to  Galina Shpilkina International secretary of the All-Russian Electric Trade Union (shpilkina-gb@mail.ru)

Please find attached the letter PSI has sent to the Russian government in support of the union’s demands.

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