A three-day seminar “Effective resolution of labor disputes: dialogue and conciliation procedures” for representatives of trade unions, employers and executive bodies began its work in Nur-Sultan. This is the final training project in a series of seminars and trainings organized by the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan in conjunction with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Representative Office in Kazakhstan.

Welcoming the participants of the seminar, the Chairman of the FTURK Satybaldy Dauletalin noted the important role of fruitful cooperation between the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the F. Ebert in the organization of training seminars in order to improve professional skills of representatives of the trade union community.

“Raising the legal awareness of employees is the most important tool in resolving labor conflicts. Therefore, the Federation of Trade Unions attaches particular importance to such an instrument as training. Seminars and trainings help ordinary union members and activists develop the skills of conciliation procedures and negotiating peacefully. From January to May of this year, the Federation of Trade Unions and territorial associations of trade unions held 159 training seminars (of which 133 online and 26 offline seminars), 6305 chairmen of primary trade union organizations, technical inspectors and trade union activists took part in them. And already from next week, the Federation of Trade Unions begins a series of daily seminars for primary trade union organizations to improve skills in the negotiation process, ” Satybaldy Dauletalin said.

In turn, an independent expert and labor consulting consultant from Russia Eduard Vokhmin thanked the leadership of the FTURK for the policy of openness and noted the steps taken by the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan in improving social and labor relations and building a dialogue with social partners.

“Any way to change is to understand where you are now. Objectivity in assessing your position in the social partnership system is very important in order to take the next steps. This is important for all parties to social partnership. The fact that employers often shy away from the conversation, and trade unions should encourage them to dialogue. If they (employers)

do not want to educate themselves, then it is necessary to push them to this “, – Eduard Vokhmin believes.

The Russian expert also expressed his opinion on the action of the FTURK “How are you, primary organization?”. It should be noted that since the beginning of the year, the leadership of the Federation of Trade Unions and its member organizations held 115 such meetings, in which employees of enterprises of various industries in all regions of the country, their employers and deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan took part. Such meetings allow you to keep your finger on the pulse, promptly respond to pressing issues in work collectives, solve problems and share experience.

“We need to get to every primary trade union organization in the field. Labor relations exist at the enterprise level, between employees and the employer. The union provides collective representation. Where there are trade unions, labor conflicts are more civilized. Therefore, it is very important for all parties of social partnership to understand when and where a conflict situation arises. Therefore, the common task for all is to understand the essence of labor relations, ” concluded Eduard Vokhmin.

Zauresh Shutova, head of the office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Representative Office in Kazakhstan, also thanked the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the long-term cooperation that began since the opening of the representative office in 2006.

“We work very closely with the Federation of Trade Unions and see that there are very good changes: the growth of trade union membership, the youth wing is developing. Trade union leaders of the Federation are doing a lot to make citizens and society as a whole understand that trade unions are a very important component of social and labor relations. Social dialogue is important for everyone and, above all, it is important for the employer, because it is in his interests to attract qualified personnel, in his interests, so that they are protected. And only trade unions can protect and represent the interests of workers, ” Zauresh Shutova emphasized.

Over the next three days, the participants of the seminar and international experts will discuss the established practices of resolving labor conflicts at enterprises of the country, get acquainted with the causes of disputes and conflicts in labor relations, the dynamics and patterns of development of

labor conflicts, as well as managerial and other dimensions when looking at labor conflicts and methods their permission.

Seminar participant, head of the Tatulasu Ortalygy Center of the Karaganda trade union center and the branch of the FTURK Legal Clinic Svetlana Shardarbekova noted the importance of such training events for the further development of relations between social partners.

“In the activities of trade unions, participation in the resolution of labor conflicts is one of the main directions. Because in the field, employees of enterprises in conflict situations often do not know how to protect their rights, do not know their responsibilities. Therefore, training seminars are especially important for representatives of primary trade union organizations in the regions, ”Svetlana Shardarbekova expressed her opinion.

It should be noted that a number of joint training events on the topic: “Dialogue platform for employers and employees: conciliation procedures in resolving labor conflicts” have already taken place in several regions of Kazakhstan.

In addition, among the important areas of bilateral cooperation are the implementation of the projects “Youth Leadership Program”, “Development of Gender Equality” and others. At the beginning of this year, the GOA “Representative Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Kazakhstan” supported the FTURK initiative to create a network of young trade union activists and invited the most prominent representatives of trade union youth to participate in the F. Ebert Foundation youth project.

As the organizers of the seminar noted, in order to exchange experience on the implementation of mechanisms of conciliation in labor relations, as well as to raise the legal awareness of employees of enterprises, joint work on organizing training events will continue.

Media center of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan