We join the global union movement in calling for peace and urge all governments to reach a negotiated solution through diplomacy.
If you want to help support Ukrainian trade unions in their efforts to support people on the ground you can donate through the International trade Union Congress. We believe there is more the UK government can do to secure peace, democracy, security, and human and trade union rights for all in Ukraine, Russia and across Europe. And the Chancellor’s spring statement is a vital opportunity to take action.
We have written to Rishi Sunak calling for him to step up financial measures to support the Ukrainian people, and to provide more help to families facing the impact of the conflict on the cost-of-living crisis in the UK.
Our letter calls on the Chancellor to:
Ensure that sanctions are effective by increasing enforcement funding for measures in the economic crime bill that would crack down on money-laundering in the UK; and consider a 100 per cent windfall tax on the profits of companies still invested in Russian state enterprises.
Provide safe routes to the UK for those fleeing the conflict, and scrap legislation plans that would close the door on all people fleeing war and threats to their lives.
Fund wider humanitarian assistance for displaced people, including essential medical supplies.
Protect working families against further energy price rises as a result of the crisis, by giving grants rather than loans to recued energy bill, increasing the warm homes discount, increasing universal credit, and accelerating a home energy efficiency retrofit programme.
Our letter also calls on the government to ensure that those working in supply chains are protected from disruption, including by considering the use of a short-time working scheme.
The Chancellor should take these actions in his spring statement – if not sooner.
The government must provide safe routes to the UK for those escaping conflict. And ministers should scrap their Nationality and Borders Bill, which will close the door to people fleeing war and threats to their lives.
Working people always suffer in conflict and the pursuit of peace is a fundamental trade union value, an essential condition to secure safety, social justice and workers’ and human rights. We know the international trade union movement is working towards that goal. The Chancellor must also play his part.
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