In the Soviet Union, May Day devolved into a formal holiday with little direct political meaning. Today, Ukraine has never been further from trade union struggle. From openDemocracy. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.