The expanded meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Trade Union Center of Atyrau region was held today.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurlan Uteshev, Chairman of the Trade Union Center of Atyrau region Izturgan Baymukhanov as well as several chairmen of Trade Unions branches of the region.

Deputy Chairman of the Trade Union Center of Atyrau region Edil Uzakbay made a presentation on the results of work for the first half of 2021.

According to his demonstartion, there are 666 primary trade union organizations in the Atyrau region consisting of 11 Trade Union Branches. The number of trade union members in the region is 83532 people. 2505 collective agreements have been concluded at enterprises and organizations of the region.

Speaking about the work in the field of social partnership, Edil Uzakbay said that in April of this year, a regional trilateral agreement for 2021-2023 was signed. He also noted that since the beginning of the year, 11 meetings of the regional tripartite commission have been held within the framework of which the most pressing social and labor issues of the region were considered.

A separate block of the work of the Professional Center is related to the issues of ensuring labor safety.

“This year, the regional program “Safe Labor” for 2021-2024 was approved in the region. At 657 enterprises and trade union institutions, 1,194 technical inspectors perform controlling functions. According to the monitoring results during 7 months 28 accidents were registered at the enterprises of the region as a result of which 30 people were injured and two died, ” the deputy chairman of the Professional Center of the Atyrau region said.

According to his opinion, most of the accidents occurred at enterprises where there are no trade unions.

“As a result of monitoring, it was found that at some enterprises with trade unions, employers did not issue certificates of training on labor protection to employees. We notice the lack of adequate control on the part of Industry trade unions and we ask

the leadership of the Federation of Trade Unions to request assistance in resolving this issue,” said Edil Uzakbay.

Chairman of the Trade Union branch of Education and Science Workers of Atyrau oblast Kylyshbay Sundetuly, Deputy Chairman of the regional Trade Union branch of the oil and gas complex Askar Beisenov, the regional trade union of education and sports workers Askar Beisenov, chairman of the Trade Union branch of Culture, sports and Information Workers Gulnar Shaikhasheva also spoke at the meeting of the Coordinating Council.

The professional leaders of the region thanked the chairman of the Professional Center of the Atyrau region Izturgan Baymukhanov for the provided support.

Summing up the meeting, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions Nurlan Uteshev highly appreciated the cohesive work of trade union organizations in the region.

In addition, he remarked about the tasks of the FTURK within the framework of the implementation of the Activity Strategy for 2020-2025 focusing on the issue of regulating the remuneration system.

“The FTURK has a clear position on wages. The Federation of Trade Unions proposes that the Government gradually increase the minimum wage, legislate the indexation of wages of employees of all forms of ownership and ratify ILO Convention No. 131. As you know, today the minimum wage is 42,500 tenge. According to the standards of the International Labor Organization, the minimum wage should be 50% of the average salary. However, the minimum wage in our country is only about 20% of the average wage. I am sure that with the support of the deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament we will be able to implement these initiatives, ” Nurlan Uteshev said.

In addition, the FTURK Deputy Chairman told the members of the Co-Council about “Get treated and learn!” – the FTURK new health and educational project.

The purpose of the project is to provide socio-medical and spa-sanatorium services for physical, psychological, social, moral and spiritual recovery to trade union members and their training in trade union activities.

“The educational and wellness project was launched in a pilot mode this year on the basis of the rehabilitation center “Adal Niet Astana” in Nur-Sultan. The new project will allow trade union members to combine treatment with trade union training for ten days in the center with highly qualified specialists and modern equipment, ” the Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions said.

It is expected that the implementation of the project will allow combining medical rehabilitation with professional development of about 12 thousand trade union members per year.