Glodeni sugar workers, Moldova – Arrested for trying to get their unpaid wages
Five union leaders from the Glodeni sugar mill workers’ union, Moldova, have been placed under house arrest to prevent them from trying to make sure their members get their wages and benefits.
The five – union chair Vasilii Guleac, vice chair Valentina Semeniuc and activists Anatolie Furtuna, Fiodor Svoevolin and Victor Colibaba – have been charged with criminal offences that could carry prisons sentences of between 3 and 8 years.
The arrests come after more than a year of campaigning by the union to defend jobs and get wage arrears paid after the plant owners, SA Glodeni-Zahar were declared bankrupt. Send a message to the Government of Moldova demanding that the union activits be released from house arrest and all outstanding benefits are paid to workers without delay.
Go here to sign and submit a letter addressed to the Moldovan president, labor minister, internal affairs minister, justice minister, and prosecutor general demanding that Glodeni workers be paid back wages and that the authorities release union activists from house arrest and drop all charges against them.
For more background on this conflict, listen to RadioLabour’s Solidarity Report from November 7 of this year (or download a transcript here).