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Urals workers launch a movement to Defend "Man of Labour"

February 28, 2012, 13:31 UTC+3

.The new political movement is intended to constructively solve problems facing the working population

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YEKATERINBURG, February 28 (Itar-Tass) —— An inter-regional public and political movement "In Defence of Man of Labour" is launched in Yekaterinburg.

The press service of the regional federation of trade unions told Itar-Tass that 470 delegates from the Sverdlovsk, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk and Kurgan regions, the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets autonomous areas and the Perm Territory were expected to gather for the constituent assembly on Tuesday.

According to the press service, there are initiative groups of the movement in the regions. Serious preparation work has been conducted. Objectives of the workers' movement in modern Russia were discussed with workers of the Urals plants. The objectives formed the basis of the movement charter. The document will be discussed during the meeting. The assembly will also elect governing structures.

Under discussion at present are the need to enhance the respect for labour, problems of staff outflow and staff shortage and the lack of representatives of workers in power structures. It is believed to cause some social strife and ignorance of working people's interests who account for two thirds of the country's population, a press service source noted.

"But we do not want a return to ‘rail wars’, walkouts and hunger strikes of the 1990s.The new political movement is intended to constructively solve problems facing the working population," organizing committee co-chairman Igor Kholmanskikh noted.

"We call for fight against ineffective and people-unrespected functionaries in central and local power and immediate revision of all the present programs for social and economic development of regions, cities and districts. We must come out in a united front. We have the energy and will to make the country strong, successful and happy, committee co-chairman Yevgeny Artyukh added.


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