What started as a hunger strike by a relatively small number of oil
workers in the town of Karazhanbasa in West Kazakhstan last week has now
turned into a mass strike – now over fifteen thousand oil workers are on
Towards the end of December 2002, CWI comrades in the CIS heard that the
case of well known worker activists in Karaganda, Kazakhstan facing
serious court charges (see
previous reports) is coming to a conclusion. The final hearing was
postponed and begins on 6 January 2003.