Today, April 12, the third year of the project “School of Trade Union Leader” began its work in the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

More than a hundred trade union leaders and trade union activists of the primary trade union organizations of four sectoral trade unions of forestry and wildlife workers became listeners of the next stream; workers of culture, sports, tourism and information; nuclear industry workers; employees of the construction complex and housing and communal services in Astana.

The lecturers of the School of Trade Union Leaders will be authoritative trade unionists with practical experience in promoting the rights and interests of workers.

Welcoming the new participants, Lyazzat Yeszhanova, the author and coordinator of the School of Trade Union Leader project, Deputy Director of the Department of Organizational and Control Work of the FPRK, noted that the main goal of the educational course is to improve the professional skills of novice trade union activists.

“The training course for a trade union leader is designed for 36 academic hours and covers a wide range of areas both in the basics of labor and trade union legislation, and in terms of mastering modern methods of trade union work. Following the results of the training, the course participants will be awarded certificates of graduation from the School of Trade Union Leaders,” said Lyazzat Yeszhanova.

The importance of raising the professional level of trade union activists and exchanging advanced trade union experience was noted in turn by the Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurlan Uteshev, who spoke as a speaker of the first seminar on the topic: “The history of the development of the trade union movement in Kazakhstan and in the world.”

Speaking about the priority areas of activity of the FPRK, Nurlan Uteshev emphasized that the Strategy of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2020-2025 provides for the promotion of a new trade union ideology through the formation of a high level of legal culture among trade union cadres. In addition, according to him, on January 30, the FPRK General Council adopted the Concept of trade union training, aimed at increasing the efficiency of the system of professional development of trade union personnel.

The speaker also informed about the announcement of 2023 as the Year of Safe Work and important events in international cooperation – the chairmanship of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Council of Trade Unions of Central Asian countries and the resumption of membership in the International Trade Union Confederation.

As part of the topic of the seminar, Nurlan Uteshev spoke about the history of the emergence and legalization of trade unions.

Separately, he dwelled on the creation of trade unions in Kazakhstan, which dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

“Established on December 6, 1905, the Union of Workers of the Uspensky Copper Mine, which was located on the territory of the current Karaganda region, was officially recognized as the first trade union organization in the country,” Nurlan Uteshev recalled.

At the end of the meeting, the Deputy Chairman of the FPRK answered the questions of the audience and wished the participants of the project further fruitful work.