The Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Satybaldy Dauletalin, was elected Secretary General of this organization by a unanimous decision of the members of the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asia Countries (CTU of CAC). The decision was made at the second meeting of the SPECA held these days in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent.
At the meeting of the Council members – leaders of national trade union centers of Central Asian countries, it was also decided to include new members in the organization – the Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan and the Confederation of Trade Unions of Mongolia, according to their previously sent applications.
Welcoming the members of the Council, Sergeyus Glovackas, Head of the Europe and Central Asia Department of the International Labour Organization, spoke about the priorities of the Bureau of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in supporting Central Asian trade unions and noted his readiness to provide all possible support in promoting and developing the initiatives of national trade union centers and the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asian countries as a whole.
In turn, Anna Salnikova, program coordinator of the International Trade Union Confederation in the Newly Independent States, stressed that strengthening the role of trade unions in the region in the social partnership system will help mitigate the negative consequences of the impact of the economic crisis caused by geopolitical processes in the world.
In addition, the participants of the meeting discussed issues of safety and labor protection of workers in the Central Asian region and shared their experience in the development of the institute of public control by trade unions.
Nurlybek Zhumash, Head of the FTURK Staff, told about the activities of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan in this direction.
“During 2021, in order to improve control over safe working conditions, the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan submitted proposals to the Government and the Ministry of Labor to increase the status and powers of technical inspectors on labor protection, increase the number of state labor inspectors and transfer their powers from local executive bodies to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, organize joint inspections on the format “state labor inspector – technical inspector for labor protection” and to consolidate the procedure for investigating cases of occupational diseases and poisoning of the population. Our proposals to strengthen public control and improve the status of technical inspectors on labor protection are reflected in the Action Plan to ensure safe work in the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2025 approved by the decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and in the Concept of safe work until 2030,” Nurlybek Zhumash said.
According to him, to date, 11,696 industrial safety and labor protection councils have been established in Kazakhstan, 9,223 of them have been initiated by trade unions, 17,994 technical labor protection inspectors carry out public control over the state of labor protection in the republic. Over the past year alone, technical labor protection inspectors conducted 61,515 inspections, during which 115,481 violations of labor protection legislation were identified, 112,941 of them were eliminated, and inspectors also participated in the certification of 27,528 workplaces according to working conditions.
Representatives of the national trade union centers of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan also shared their experience on ensuring safe workplaces.
During the second meeting of the members of the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asian Countries, a Declaration on the Development and Modernization of Trade Union Education and Strengthening Regional Cooperation of Trade Unions of Central Asian Countries was signed. According to the document, the Institute of Advanced Training of the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan was designated as a basic training center for the development of trade union education in Central Asian countries. Here, on a permanent basis, representatives of the trade unions of the CTU of CAC countries will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and exchange best practices of trade union activity.
At the end of the second meeting of the Council, the newly elected Secretary General of the CTU of CAC – Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Satybaldy Dauletalin thanked colleagues for their trust and stressed that he would apply his experience for the further progressive development of the trade union movement of the Central Asian region.
“The peoples of our states have common historical roots, fraternal and good-neighborly relations. The Council of Trade Unions of the Central Asian Countries intends to 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 to influence the strengthening of international trade union solidarity. Together we intend to achieve a common goal for the members of the Council – the protection of the interests and human rights of Labor. For my part, I will apply my knowledge and experience to promote the Council’s initiatives at all venues of the international trade union movement,” said Satybaldy Dauletalin.
Recall that the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asian countries was established in November 2021 after a joint decision on the integration of the largest trade union associations of three states – Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The protocol on the establishment of the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asian countries was signed by 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.
The purpose of the Council is to consolidate the actions of the members of the CTU of CAC to protect the socio–labor, professional, economic and other legal rights and interests of employees, the rights and guarantees of the activities of trade unions.
Media Center of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan