Within the framework of the X Kazakhstan International Conference KIOSH-2022 on Occupational Safety and Industrial Safety, organized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan jointly with the Kazakhstan Exhibition Company Iteca, briefing reports of participants were held.
In the session on the topic “Modern portrait of occupational safety and industrial safety in numbers”, domestic and foreign experts discussed the transformation of occupational safety and industrial safety in the context of the New Kazakhstan.
The speaker from the FTURK – First Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions Mukhtar Tinikeev, welcoming the participants of the event, told about the action of the FTURK “Labor Consultations”.
“The system of joint consultations helps both to reduce potential labor conflicts and to identify problematic issues for decision-making on all aspects of labor relations. Taking this opportunity, I call on all participants in labor relations to organize this action at all enterprises and in all branches of labor activity, including ensuring safety and labor protection,” Mukhtar Tinikeev urged.
According to him, the General Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, republican associations of employers and republican associations of trade unions for 2021-2023, the social partners committed to promote the widespread implementation of the occupational safety management system, as well as the creation of effective functioning of production Councils at enterprises.
“Currently, the pace of implementation and coverage of the occupational safety management system at the country’s enterprises do not sufficiently ensure the achievement of the intended results. It is very important not to allow delaying such literally vital events for a long time. Special importance is attached to the creation of improving the efficiency of production councils,” said the First Deputy Chairman of the FTURK.
According to the Ministry of Labor, enterprises spend 37 billion tenge annually on accident insurance. At the same time, employers pay 1.9 billion tenge to their employees in the form of insurance compensation for labor injuries. At the same time, compensation at the expense of the employer for the loss of working capacity by an employee reaches 20 percent. Mukhtar Tinikeev asked employers why they pay 37 billion tenge to insurance companies and called on social partners to review the norms of draft laws on recourse payments.
“We insist that we still return to the consideration of this bill and protect the rights of people who have suffered industrial injuries. The amendments made to this draft law on recourse payments are calculated before the retirement age. When the retirement age comes to a person who has been injured at work, these payments stop,” Mukhtar Tinikeev said.
Another equally important social issue, according to the First Deputy Chairman of the FTURK, is mandatory pension contributions from the employer. According to statistics, employers pay mandatory pension contributions – about 40 billion tenge annually.
“It would seem to be a good question, but when miners raise the issue of pension provision, that it is necessary to retire at 50-55 years, answers come from the Ministry of Labor that there is an annuity opportunity at retirement. It’s time to return to the legislative consideration of pension issues,” Mukhtar Tinikeev summed up.
Another social problem was raised by Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor of the Institute of Public Health and Occupational Health Aigul Amanbekova.
According to her, up to 160 million people worldwide are exposed to occupational diseases every year. In Kazakhstan, the regions where heavy industry enterprises are located are of concern – Karaganda, East Kazakhstan, Pavlodar and Aktobe regions. 7 thousand people in Kazakhstan are registered for occupational diseases. But, according to her, these data are not final, since medical examinations are not carried out at all enterprises.
Aigul Amanbekova proposed to improve labor legislation in terms of taking into account occupational risks from the point of view of medicine.
On May 27, the X Kazakhstan International Conference KIOSH-2022 on Occupational Safety and Industrial Safety will continue its work. Representatives of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the country’s largest employers, domestic and foreign experts in the field of labor protection take part in its work.
Media Center of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan