The working class history of the Republic of Qazaqstan (Kazakhstan)

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Kazakhstan Miners Fight Government Austerity
By Boris Kagarlitsky, on the Labour Chronicle Russian Radio Show, 24 February 1995. Neoliberal reforms and privatization result in austerity and political moves away from democracy. The strike failed to win a response from government.
Regime attacks workers, welcomes Big Oil
By Bill Doares, Workers World, 12 December 1996. President Nursultan Nazarbaev has banned unions, repressed labor, as labor demands a return of democracy and public property. High profits being made by US oil companies, while Kazakhstan suffers socio-economic decay.
Strikers face police
Workers' World, 6 November 1997. Thousands of striking factory workers in the southern Kazakh town of Kentau faced off with police blocking their march on October 24. The workers are demanding months of unpaid wages.
Yet a further attack in Kazakhstan
8 August 1998. After the court decision to shut down the free trade unions in Kentau, their liquidation has begun. Members are being interrogated by police, which coincides with a new strike at Kentau's power station and a strike at the Chinaware factory in nearby Chimkent.
Stop the new wave of repressions against workers in Kazakhstan!
26 Septeber 1999. Kazakhstan workers are waging a determined, if unequal, struggle for their human dignity against the police regime of Sultan Nazarbaev. News reports about the repression and the regime's preparation for new repressions against labor activists.
Kazakhstan strike update and elections
By Ionur Kurmanov, 5 November 1999. From the Committee for a Workers' International. Elections to the Kazakhstan Parliament were marked by widespread fraud and intimidation. Against this background, the strike at the Mettalist factory in Uralsk has been continuing. Workers there have not been paid for 3 years. Since the strike started, there have been practically daily street protests and road blockades.
Appeal from the Organizing Committee of the Re-foundation Conference of the Workers' Movement of Kazakhstan ‘Solidarity’ (WMKS)
2 March 2000. The international campaign of solidarity with the workers of the military plant Metallist has been bringing positive results. The government and the administration of President Nazarbaev feel the pressure from the members of legislature of different countries, public and labor organizations.
Repression in Kazakhstan—your support is needed now!
ISWoR, 22 March 2001. In Kazakhstan the restoration of the market system has led, as elsewhere in the ex-USSR, to the collapse of industry and mass poverty. Here big business has already put into practice the blueprint for controlling workers. Therefore Kazakh trade unionists have had to hold their conferences in neighbouring Russia. Two active trade union organisers in Uralsk were severely beaten.