Urgent financial appeal to aid the Ukrainian mineworkers’ resistance

The Republican Socialist Platform is proud to have contributed £200 to the urgent financial appeal from trade unionists in Pavlograd, Ukraine. We are republishing below the appeal as first shared on the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign website last month.

Since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the mining communities of Donbas have faced relentless attack and bombardment. In response mine workers through their trade unions and labour collectives have organised to aid and support to the resistance, helping miners in the volunteer Territorial Defence Force, local battalions of the National Guard and the Armed Forces.

The National Union of Mineworkers, an affiliate to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign has received a direct appeal for assistance from PRUP (The Trade Union of Workers of the Coal Industry of Ukraine) in the city of Pavlograd in the Western Donbas area.

PRUP has appealed directly for assistance, Sergey Yunak Head of the Western Donbas Miners Union, has written that ‘Nobody could have even imagined that our mine-workers would leave shovels, jackhammers and take up arms to defend their motherland in the 21st century’. The NUM has written an appeal which is being supported by the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign:

The NUM like others was horrified at the invasion by Russia of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Like other Trade Unions we have made donations to assist with humanitarian aid to ease the suffering of Trade Union members and the general public that has resulted from the invasion.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has a long-standing association with the Mining Union PRUP in the Ukraine and has taken part in numerous visits to the Ukraine and facilitated visits for PREP members and Officials to the UK. PRUP’s President Sergey Yunak spoke on the platform at the Durham Miners Gala a few years ago on one of the delegations.

The NUM have received a request directly from PRUP for financial assistance to equip their members who are now having to swap from mining coal to defending their homes, families and communities.

The request is to provide financial assistance to buy thermal imagers, sleeping bags, first aid kits and two 4×4 pickup vehicles.

Already the NUM, GMB and ASLEF have made substantial contributions to aid the ‘soldier-mineworkers’ in Pavlograd.

With our trade union supporters, the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is making an urgent appeal to aid the resistance of the mineworkers in Donbas region of Ukraine.

We have launched a financial appeal with a target of £20,000 to provide the aid that is needed or the miners engages in the struggle to defend their communities from the invasion.

Donations can be made directly to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign – our bank account details are below:

The Cooperative Bank
Sort Code: 089299
Account Number: 65440841

If you can please reference the donation as: PRUP

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