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2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Belarus

Publisher International Trade Union Confederation
Publication Date 6 June 2013
Cite as International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Belarus, 6 June 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51b8517f18.html [accessed 25 May 2017]
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Anti-union discrimination: In Mikashevichi, employers and local authorities pressure members of the newly formed independent union at RUPP "Granite" Company to leave the union. Union leaders are subjected to continuous harassment and denied legal redress. Oleg Stakhaevich, chairman of the independent union, and his deputy, Nicholai Karyshev, were unlawfully dismissed.

In 2012, employers continued to harass members of the independent unions at "Belshina" Company in Bobruisk and OAO "Oil Refinery" in Mozyr. Members are forced to resign from their unions as their employers threaten to not extend their fixed term contracts or confirm their professional skills.

For the first time in the 20 year existence of the union, white collar workers were forced to resign from the Independent Union of Miners (NPG) at OAO "Belaruskali" Company.

Lack of access to remedies: The Government of Belarus has failed to investigate numerous claims about workers being prevented from engaging in labour actions or blocked from participating in strikes.

Intervention in trade union activities: It has been reported that the Bobruisk tractor parts plant employer denied the Belarusian Free Trade Union (SPB) entry to the premises. For 6 months, Mikhail Kovalkov, who is the leader of the SPB has not been allowed to enter the workplace to meet with union members. SPB members are not allowed to use the company's sports and fitness complex. However, the complex is available for use by all members affiliated to the official Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FPB).

Refusal to bargain in good faith: For over 18 months, the employer at OAO "Naftan" Oil refinery has refused to sign the collective agreement negotiated with the independent union.

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