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09Aug91 USSR: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TO BUILD LINKS WITH THE TRANSPORT AND GENERAL WORKERS UNION.

Russian construction workers have a new independent union which is building links with the transport union TGWU.Sergey Vvedensky, head of the Construction and Building Materials Industry Workers Union of the Russian Republic, has written to TGWU construction secretary George Henderson suggesting a meeting on problems of mutual interest.The union claims four million members in the Russian republic and was only formed in December 1990.It is part of the Federation of Russian Independent Trade Unions, which has been prominent in attacking unemployment and defending living standards as the Soviet Union switches to a market economy.FRITU is not part of the official state-sponsored union organisation, but occupies the offices of the old official union council in Moscow.Mr Vvedensky says he is interested in TGWU experience of 'activities in the field of protection of workers under a market economy, working out collective agreements ... ways of settling collective labour disputes and so on.'Mr Henderson said: 'I have sent a range of material to Sergey Vvedensky which I hope this union will find useful.We are confident that there are lessons which we can also learn from there.'