Ukrainian workers ask PM to protect them in Russia

Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko is due to come to Moscow later today. PRAVDA.RU has already reported that a week ago Mr. Yushchenko cancelled his scheduled visit to Russia, So, a necessity for the Ukrainian PM to visit Moscow and discuss a number of important issues still stays on. One of those burning issues is expressed in an appeal prepared on instructions from the All-Ukrainian Worker’s Council by the Zashchita (the Protection) trade-union association. The Ukrainian workers hope Mr. Yushchenko will spare a while for the issue which is so important for Ukraine. In the appeal, a question of the Ukrainian citizens working in Russia is being raised. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian workers illegally reside in Moscow and other regions of the Russian Federation. They are deprived of elementary human rights, they do spade work, they get low salaries. They are heavily exploited by employers, they are fleeced by bureaucrats and police. This happens because Ukrainians work in Russia illegally, and their rights are not regulated by any international law. So, the authors of the appeal ask the prime minister to bring up the question of Ukrainian “gastarbeiters” for discussion with the Russian authorities.

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