Estonian Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union together with Estonian Railway Workers' Trade Union are holding a strike seminar in Rakvere today and tomorrow. The goal of the seminar is to establish the structure, communication and line of command for a strike of a larger scale.
Chairman of Estonian Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union Peep Peterson said that using military expertise is by far the best way to quickly boost a trade union's capability to strike. "Every serious trade union needs the knowledge about how to quickly and effectively bring work to a halt and perhaps even more importantly - the trade union that has a high capability to strike has also significantly better chances to be successful on negotiations with the employer."
The chairman of Estonian Railway Workers' Trade Union Oleg Tšubarov said that the key to a successful strike in Estonia is the unity of the strikers and the challenge in that is to overcome the fear: "Workers need to feel safe and to be convinced that the strike will be peaceful and effective."
There are no particular strikes involved with the seminar.