During a working visit to the Karaganda region, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tinikeev met with members of labor collectives of enterprises included in the Risk Map for social tension of the Karaganda region.

In order to develop a constructive dialogue with employers and government agencies, the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan has declared 2022 the Year of Social Partnership. The first deputy chairman of the FTURK Mukhtar Tinikeev, together with the chairman of the Trade Union Center of the Karaganda region Bolat Zhumabekov and the chairman of the Karaganda regional branch of the Branch Professional Union of Workers of the construction complex and Housing and Communal Services Aikyn Akhmetov held a meeting with representatives of the trade union activists and the administration of JSC “Central Asia Cement”, JSC “CarCement” and LLP “Karaganda Plant of Metal Structures-Imstalcon”, during which the problematic issues of labor collectives were discussed.

The issues of labor collectives were connected not only with the inadequate level of wages, but also had a social and household character. Thus, at the enterprises of Central Asia Cement JSC and CarCement JSC, employees are dissatisfied with the quality of water supply (including suburban areas of Aktau village, Temirtau city), the purchase of solid fuel to employees, the general condition and assortment of the factory canteen. According to Pyotr Durnev, General Director of Central Asia Cement JSC, employees of both enterprises received a differentiated salary increase in 2 stages: from 01.01.2022. and from 01.03.2022 in sizes from 8.4% to 35% to the level of 2021.

The largest percentage increase affected workers with the lowest wages. In the amounts from 20% to 35%, wages have been increased by more than 50% of the number of employees. Nur Nurgaliyev, Director of the Karaganda Metal Structures Plant Imstalcon LLP, noted a decrease in the volume of work performed, a reduction in supplies and a daily increase in prices for rolled metal. This decrease in production is due not only to the level of wages at the enterprise (the attractiveness of jobs), but also to the lack of qualified workers, so the administration of Karaganda Metalwork Plant-Imstalcon LLP faced the problem of training technical personnel, which, due to the natural outflow of workers, entails the impossibility of increasing orders for the manufacture of metal structures. Following the meetings, Mukhtar Tinikeev called on employers, together with trade unions and government agencies, to study the current situation and consider issues beyond the scope of collective agreements at meetings of the Karaganda and Temirtau city and Karaganda Regional tripartite commission on Social Partnership and Regulation of Social and Labor relations.