Today in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Satybaldy Dauletalin, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan Kudratulla Rafikov and Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Tajikistan Maliksho Nematzoda signed a Protocol on the establishment of the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asia (CTUCA).
Welcoming the participants of the first constituent meeting of the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asian countries, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan Kudrattula Rafikov noted that the decision to integrate the largest trade unions of the three states was a joint one. The purpose of the created Council, he called the consolidation of the actions of the members of the CTUCA to protect the socio-labor, professional, economic and other legitimate rights and interests of employees, the rights and guarantees of the activities of trade unions.
Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Satybaldy Dauletalin stressed that the creation of the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asian countries will strengthen the solidarity of more than 15 million workers in the Central Asian region in pursuit of decent work standards and fair wages for it and will affect the strengthening of international trade union solidarity. The Head of the FTURK made a number of proposals on the activities of the Council.
“The first. Annually hold a Sub-regional Trade Union Forum of Central Asian countries, where we could discuss and develop common approaches on topical issues of trade union activity. I propose to hold the first forum in 2022 in Kazakhstan.
Second. To form a single educational hub on the basis of the Trade Union Academy being created under the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan (if Uzbek colleagues agree), where our representatives could gain new knowledge and exchange best practices of trade union activity on an ongoing basis.
The third. To develop a unified Map of trade union health improvement and tourism to provide health and wellness services to trade union members in trade union sanatoriums of our countries,” Satybaldy Dauletalin shared his vision with colleagues.
On behalf of independent trade unions of Tajikistan, the Chairman of the Federation Maliksho Nematzoda also stressed the commitment to the common goal of the members of the Council – the protection of the interests and human rights of labor.
In addition to the members of the delegations of the national trade union centers, Sergeyus Glovackas, Head of the Europe and Central Asia Department of the International Labor Organization, Gocha Alexandria, Chief Specialist on Workers’ Activities of the ILO Bureau for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Anton Leppik, Executive Secretary of the BEPC, took part in the first constituent meeting of the members of the Council of Trade Unions of the Central Asian Countries, via videoconference.
Representatives of the ILO and the ITUC welcomed the creation of a new regional trade union association and expressed their readiness to provide all possible support in the promotion and development of the new structure.
Media Center of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan