Kazakhstan: Workers strike solid

Lawyer arrested, new address for solidarity messages needed

Nearly two weeks into the oil and gas workers strike and now over 15,000 workers are involved. In effect the whole Mangistauskaya region in West Kazakhstan is involved in an all out strike.

Repression is being stepped up. Already one person has died. Tens have been arrested and charged with administrative offences and the strike leaders have had their flats searched. Most disgracefully the lawyer representing the “Trade union of the workers of Karazhanbasmanai” Natalia Sokolova has been arrested and has already been held for three days. She has been charged with “stirring up class conflict” – a criminal offence which could mean she spends 4-7 years in one of the country’s notorious prison colonies. The Chinese employer has demanded this from the authorities and is attempting to whip up ethnic division amongst the strikers with articles in the local press with headlines such as “Who needs this Russian” (Sokolova is Russian) but the strikers insist that they will not allow such calls to divide them.

Today the strikers are marching on the regional capital Aktau where they are demanding the release of Natalia Sokolova and the end of repression, the nationalization of the company, an increase in the wages of oil and gas workers as well of those of nurses, teachers and so on and freedom for the independent trade unions.

We call on all trade union and left organisations to send urgent solidarity to the striking workers at

doverie@kmg.kz, info@mangystau.kz, ppo@s-k.kz

with copies to solidar@socialismkz.info and Robert.cwi@gmail.com

Special financial appeal to all readers of socialistworld.net

Support building alternative socialist media

Socialistworld.net provides a unique analysis and perspective of world events. Socialistworld.net also plays a crucial role in building the struggle for socialism across all continents. Capitalism has failed! Assist us to build the fight-back and prepare for the stormy period of class struggles ahead.
Please make a donation to help us reach more readers and to widen our socialist campaigning work across the world.

Donate via Paypal

Liked this article? We need your support to improve our work. Please become a Patron! and support our work
Become a patron at Patreon!

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


June 2011