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Swedish dockers will boycott Russian ships

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On 31 March 2022, the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union declared "the blockade of Russian, Russian-flagged and Russian-controlled ships from 1er May 2022. Our members will no longer deal with these ships after this date." We are publishing the union’s statement and the video of Ukrainian transport unionists thanking the Swedish union and calling for the boycott to become widespread. The video has English subtitles (2.38 minutes).

Statement of Svenska Transportarbetareförbundetn, the Swedish transport workers’ union

The Transport Workers’ Union has discussed the issue of a possible blockade of Swedish ports against Russian ships since Russia attacked Ukraine. We have a permanent dialogue with the employers within the Swedish model. The Swedish Transport Workers’ Union believes that Swedish decision-makers should govern Swedish foreign and security policy, not a trade union. Therefore, we have waited until now to give an opinion.

The union still believes that a decision on a common EU approach to the issue is best, but now the situation is such that we choose to act now.

The Swedish Transport Workers’ Union is one hundred percent with Ukraine in the war and we are ready to act immediately in solidarity with our trade union comrades and with the Ukrainian citizens Therefore, we will declare a blockade of Russian, Russian-flagged and Russian-controlled ships from 1er May 2022. Our members will not deal with these ships after this date. The issue of the blockade is extremely complicated because only a very small proportion of Russian merchant ships call at Swedish ports. The effect of an uncoordinated EU blockade may have very little impact. Hopefully this will put pressure on other EU countries to act, said Tommy Wreeth, president of the Transport Workers’ Union. There may be a shortage of certain products. That’s why we’re delaying our notice for a month. To give companies the opportunity to find suppliers other than Russians, and to bring home goods that have already been bought and paid for and are already on their way to Sweden," added Tommy Wreeth.
This decision is mainly valid until 31 May 2022, but can be extended. 30 March 2022