Russian Court Orders GM to Reinstate Sacked Union Leader

Leader says he was fired for organizing a strike at the plant

A Russian trade union leader was reinstated at his General Motors job in Saint Petersburg after a court found that he had been illegally sacked, his employer said on March 16.

"Yevgeny Ivanov was reinstated to his job after a decision by the court for the district of Pushkinsky," said Yulia Boicharova, a spokeswoman for the GM plant.

Ivanov said the court ordered the factory to pay him 106,000 rubles (US$ 3,620) in damages and interest after he was fired under accusations that he had been absent from work.

The union leader charged that he had been sacked for organizing a strike at the plant.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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