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Russia: Union leaders arrested at Aeroflot

In Partnership with the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR), a national trade union center affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation, and Sheremetevo Trade Union of Airline Pilots (ShPLS), an OJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines pilots trade union.

While the trade union ShPLS, representing pilots of thee biggest Russian airline AEROFLOT, is in the midst of bitter fighting for a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), three of its leaders were arrested on 18 and 20 October 2013 as a result of a provocation. Alexei Shlyapnokov, Valeriy Pimoshenko and Sergei Knyshov now can be sentenced to 10 years in jail in a trumped-up case. This is what management offered them instead of good faith negotiations. The ShPLS believes that its leaders' arrest is retaliation for the union's recent success: a court has ruled that pilots are to get an equivalent of US $33 million as compensation for hazardous conditions and night work. At the same time, AEROFLOT management obviously expects to discredit the union and disrupt the collective bargaining. We call on you to tell AEROFLOT: no more pressure and victimization! CBA with the ShPLS now!

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