The V World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is taking place in Melbourne, Australia. More than a thousand trade union leaders and activists representing about 200 million workers worldwide gathered to discuss the global agenda and adopt a Statement on a New social contract. A delegation of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by Chairman Satybaldy Dauletalin is taking part in the Congress among the professional leaders of 300 national trade union centers.
Recall that on the first day of the international trade union forum, the membership of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan was restored by the decision of the General Council of the ITUC.
On the sidelines of the Congress, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Satybaldy Dauletalin held a number of bilateral meetings with leaders of the international trade union movement and heads of national trade union centers of the member countries of the ITUC.
Thus, during a meeting with the Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation Sharan Barrow, the parties discussed further prospects for cooperation within the framework of the ITUC. Sharan Barrow noted the positive democratic changes taking place in the development of the trade union movement in Kazakhstan.
Satybaldy Dauletalin also met with the Deputy Secretary General of the ITUC, Tudor Owen, who noted the importance of further changes in the social and labor legislation of Kazakhstan for more effective protection of the interests and rights of workers.
The meeting with the former Director General of the ILO, now Adviser to the UN Secretary General Guy Ryder was held in a warm atmosphere. The Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan thanked Guy Ryder for his fruitful work on the development of social partnership and support of the trade union movement during his leadership of the ILO.
Maria Helena Andre, Director of the ILO/ACTRAV Workers’ Activities Bureau, warmly welcomed and congratulated the Kazakh delegation headed by the Chairman of the FTURK Satybaldy Dauletalin on the restoration of the FTURK membership in the ITUC. She noted that over the past two years alone, representatives of the International Labor Organization together with the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan have held about a dozen joint international forums, which served as a solid basis for strengthening the authority of the FTURK in the international community. By the way, Maria Helena Andre herself has visited Kazakhstan twice this year alone.
In turn, the President of the Pan-European Regional Council (PERC) of the ITUC Irakli Petriashvili congratulated the Chairman of the FTURK Satybaldy Dauletalin on the restoration of membership in the ITUC and assured that in the future the international trade union community will expand cooperation and provide full support to the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Satybaldy Dauletalin also held meetings with his colleagues – heads of national trade union centers. President of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Lithuania Inga Rujiniene, Chairman of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan (CTUA) Sattar Mehbalyev, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine Grigory Osovoy, Chairman of the National Confederation of Trade Unions of Moldova Igor Zubku during bilateral meetings with the Kazakh trade union leader expressed their desire to actively develop cooperation between trade union centers in the future and supported the decision of the General Council of the ITUC to restore the membership of the FTURK in the International Confederation Trade unions.
In the afternoon, the Kazakh delegation took part in a meeting of the ITUC Youth Committee, as well as in a session on Sustainable Development Goal 8 – “Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. The Congress delegates discussed issues of international humanitarian trade union solidarity to support workers in Ukraine and Myanmar, and also heard reports on trade union activities of the national centers of Bangladesh, Botswana, Spain and Costa Rica.
Meanwhile, the work of the V Congress of the ITUC continues. The main issues on the agenda of the V Congress are environmentally safe workplaces, workers’ rights, fair wages, social protection, equality and inclusiveness. According to the results of the Congress, a corresponding Statement will be adopted.
Media Center of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan