The largest trade unions in Russia are a relic of the Soviet trade unions and they are in most cases loyal with the Putin regime. The independent trade union movement is much smaller and works against the tide. Those who are active in the independent unions risk being harassed by both employers and the unions that are loyal to the regime.
Our partner organisation runs a training centre for the independent trade union movement in Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. They fight for workers’ rights to better working conditions, working and living standards.
After the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 Russia underwent a tumultuous 1990’s, with high inflation and widespread poverty. But during that period the preconditions for civil society was relatively good. In the early 2000s, when Putin became president, a long process of curtailment of independent organisations, activists, journalists and dissidents began.
Active member organisation in Russia:
Runö folkhögskola, member of Association of the Labour Movement’s Colleges.