From 4 to 9 February, the Russian Timber Workers’ Trade Union (
The RTWU helped IKEA workers in Tikhvin to organize a company-level trade union in 2017. “Before the Russian Timber Workers’ Trade Union approached us, we did not know anything about trade unions. The union helped us to start our own trade union and solve problems that we could not solve without the union support,” said Olga Lebezkina, leader of the IKEA-Tikhvin plant union.
“Olga Lebezkina asked us to help her reach out to workers at her plant. She is a trade union leader, but she is also an IKEA worker, who works 12-hour shifts. It is very hard for her to find enough time to talk with workers on different shifts, as
During the six-day organizing drive, trade union leaders, activists
During the organizing
On the last day of the organizing drive, the Russian Timber Workers’ Trade Union organized a trade union concert for IKEA workers, trade union members and their families where more than three hundred people came to get inspired and motivated to continue building their trade union.