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Post date: 07/24/2012 - 15:42

Heineken union leaders on hunger strike again in St.-Petersburg, Russia

Two union leaders of Heineken brewery in St.-Petersburg, Russia went on hunger strike in a tent at the factory gates on July 16. Vitali Morozov (AIWU) and Sergei Kollegov (Solidarnost) were unfairly dismissed in January 2012 for leading a month earlier one day strike against excessive use of agency labour and unpaid overtimes. For Morozov and Kollegov this won’t be the first hunger strike – half a year ago they already undertook similar action to protest the pressure employer put on union members and strikers.

Two union leaders of Heineken brewery in St.-Petersburg, Russia went on hunger strike in a tent at the factory gates on July 16. Vitali Morozov (AIWU) and Sergei Kollegov (Solidarnost) were unfairly dismissed in January 2012 for leading a month earlier one day strike against excessive use of agency labour and unpaid overtimes. For Morozov and Kollegov this won’t be the first hunger strike – half a year ago they already undertook similar action to protest the pressure employer put on union members and strikers.

“We tried to find justice in court, - Morozov tells, - but the process came to a dead end: half of the courts’ decisions are in our favor, half are against us. The case was probed by three judges and they all have quite different understanding of the very same law. 26 June, we were informed that St.-Petersburg city court ruled against us. We are to appeal this decision, but if we act as the demandant the hearings take much longer then when the employer does so”.

The demands of the hunger strikers are the same as in January: no prosecution of the strikers of 15 December 2011, reinstatement of the union leaders. This time the hunger strike is declared to be indefinite.