News / 06.05.14

Independent Workers' Union of "Naftan" sues Novopolotsk City Executive Committee

"Union's honour is degraded; how long should they mock at us?"

On May 2, the primary organization of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BNP) of the workers of the Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) "Naftan" filed a lawsuit against the Novopolotsk City Executive Committee, as Ivan Svyatokho, the union leader, told the

The only unionists' demand is to cancel the decision to annul the registration of the supplement to the collective agreement, signed by the BNP primary organization with the employer.

Earlier, activists of the independent trade union filed a complaint against the Novopolotsk City Executive Committee to the Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee; however, as Ivan Svyatokho told the, a "pure run-around" was received.

"The answer is about nothing; just nonsense is written there. They write that the City Executive Committee was right, because our organization was to agree the supplementary agreement with the state-run trade union (Belkhimprofsoyuz). They also write that we made changes to the collective agreement, although we made no changes! In short, a sheer poppycock, a pure run-around," said Svyatokho. "We hold the same position: the Executive Committee was wrong when cancelling the registration. Our supplementary agreement was concluded with the employer; and there was no need to coordinate it with the Belkhimprofsoyuz – there is no such provision!"

The date of the court session is unknown yet; however Ivan Svyatokho notes that the BNP will fight to the end for the justice.

"If you take real facts, the truth is 100% on our side. But nobody knows how the court will turn it out... We know how it's all done here. This is not the last resort – there are also the regional and republic's courts; then, there is arbitration, and the International Labour Organization. We'll go to the end, we won't stop. The union's honour is degraded; how long should they mock at us?"

grid-mode:line'>However, the resident of Mozyr still intends to draw President's attention to problems of the unemployed. That is why, on May 2 he turned to the Partizanskiy District Court of Minsk asking to treat the actions of Lomonosov, I. A., the deputy head of the department of the Presidential Administration for working with appeals of citizens and legal entities, as unlawful and infringing his rights, and to oblige the official to eliminate his drawback and consider his appeals on the merits.

"Unfortunately, there's no other way to reach our 'People's President'," Alexander Konovalov told the

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