Tomás Ó Flatharta

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Ireland – Ukraine International Solidarity of the Left – Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, 7pm – 9pm – Monday November 21 2022

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Yuliya Yurchenko – an active supporter of the European Network for Solidarity with Ukraine (ENSU) – speaks at this Dublin meeting.

Find out more about Irish Left With Ukraine here :

The meeting will be chaired by Nóirín Greene (Former member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions [ICTU]) Executive. The other speakers are : David Joyce (ICTU International Officer); Séamus Dooley (National Union of Journalists, Guest Speaker); A Ukrainian socialist refugee who is living in Ireland.

Find out more about Yuliya Yurchenko here :


Yuliya Yurchenko is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the Department of Economics and International Business and a researcher at the Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability Institute, University of Greenwich, UK. She is the author of Ukraine and the Empire of Capital (Pluto, 2017). She researches state, capital and society relations as well as public services, with a regional focus on Europe and Ukraine.

The Bright Side of the Global Left – Showing Solidarity with Ukraine

The ILWU and the ENSU are from the bright side of the global left – those who show solidarity with Ukraine. A huge number of left-wing activists around the globe have been holding events in support of Ukraine, translating Ukrainian texts, providing humanitarian aid (including that for the military) and organising important campaigns: against the attack on labour rights in Ukraine, for the external debt write-off and for the supply of weapons.

The ENSU spoke to leading leftist organisations and initiatives that support Ukraine in these difficult times. This list is far from exhaustive: there are dozens of other groups that engage in humanitarian or political activity to help the Ukrainian people.

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Other Useful links :

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Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières (ESSF) :

Good Irish Left- Wing Sources :

The Cedar Lounge Revolution : Independent Left :

Central European Trade Unions Call for Solidarity With Ukraine

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To the President of Ukraine

To the Prime Minister of Ukraine

To the Ukrainian Ambassadors of Central Europe

To the Governments of Central Europe

The trade union confederations of Central Europe discussed the situation in Ukraine at a meeting in September 2022. We expressed our full solidarity with the Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. The support of our trade unions in this regard is not only in words, but also through numerous concrete aid measures that have been and are still being implemented for the benefit of the people of the Ukraine. The Russian attack on the country has been strongly condemned by us since the first day of the war.

Of course, we understand that due to the war, everyday life in Ukraine has had to be restricted with many measures. However, together with our Ukrainian colleagues, the European Trade Union Confederation, and the International Trade Union Confederation, we strongly reject the latest legal changes to the labour law in the Ukraine and the apparent expropriation of trade union property. It is precisely the workers who are the backbone of a country in a war, and it is precisely these people who are working heroically in the hinterlands who are now having their already deficient labour rights further restricted for no reason. This decision is incomprehensible to us and is rightly criticised by the International Labour Organisation and the European Union.

The Ukraine is a candidate for admission to the EU, but the way to this European community of values is not through the increased exploitation of working people, but through the hearts of Ukrainians. We therefore hope that Ukraine will revoke Law No. 5371 (under wartime conditions) and bring the labour law into line with ILO and EU standards. The working people deserve to be taken seriously by their politicians, especially in the Ukraine. Knowing their duties, especially in the crisis, the people also expect the rights they are entitled to.

In solidarity with the workers of Ukraine as well as with the Ukrainian trade unions

Austria – ÖGB Czech Republic – CMKOS Croatia – SSSH Hungary – SZEF Hungary – MASZS Z Liechtenstein – LANV Slovakia – KOZ Slovenia – ZSSS

A Final Serious Word

The far-right Russian invasion of Ukraine is the most dangerous war on the European continent since the fall of Nazi Germany in 1944. History will not absolve any parts of the global left, the workers’ movement, or social and feminist organisations, which do not practice active solidarity with the Ukrainian masses.

Basic Truth About the Far-Right Russian Invasion of Ukraine, 2022.

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