In Kalinkovichi, militia tries to bring suffered activist to justice
Denis Rabenok, the leader of the city group of the REP Trade Union, was attacked with the use of tear gas. The activist has turned to law enforcement bodies; however, as it turned out later, the militia made the activist guilty.more >>
BNP activists congratulate their colleagues on Workers' Solidarity Day at the "Naftan" checkpoint (photo)
Activists of the primary organization of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union in the city of Novopolotsk found a possibility, in spite of the authorities' ban to hold trade union actions on May 1, to mark the May Say holiday. Near the factory checkpoint, young people have congratulated the workers of the chemical enterprise on the holiday and presented them with souvenirs with trade union symbols.more >>
"Miserable and tolerant people are much easier to command, aren
On the eve of the International Workers' Day, the "Salidarnasts" has cleared out the problems that worry workers in the first place; what the workers are dissatisfied with at their enterprises; and what claims they have to the authorities in power.more >>
REP Trade Union activists: since authorities hush up effects of low radiation, we`ll tell people about it (photo)
On the eve of the 27th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), activists of the REP Trade Union visited, as members of the delegation of democratic forces of the Gomel Region, the district centres Korma, Chechersk and Vetka and laid wreaths at the memorials of evacuated villages, thus, commemorating the victims of the accident at the Chernobyl NPP.more >>
Authorities ban REP`s May Day action
The Minsk City Executive Committee has refused to sanction the tally planned by the REP Trade Union on May 1, on the International Labour Day. "The authorities have once again violated the workers' rights and demonstrated their fear of the workers," said the leader of the REP Trade Union Gennady Fedynich.more >>
Rights of workers: yesterday they gave a permit, today – they took it away
The administration of the Baranovichi Hotel "Horizon" has at the last moment refused to provide room to the REP Trade Union for holding legal consultations.more >>
Viktor Stukov: "I thought I`m going to Polotsk Court, and it turned out that it is the court of Irina Dorotko."
Judge of the Polotsk Court Irina Dorotko has rejected all of the arguments of the trade union leader Victor Stukov, and upheld the employer's decision to dismiss him. According to Victor Stukov, the objections of the trade union lawyer Elena Eskova were responded by the judge as follows: "I don't know about other courts, but here is my court!"more >>
Viktor Stukov: "If the judge is fair, 99.9% that we win the case"
Viktor Stukov, the chairman of the primary organization of the Free Trade Union of Belarus (SPB) of the workers of the Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) "Polotsk Steklovolokno", is fighting against his unfair and unlawful dismissal. The trade unionist has told the Praca-by.info about details of the trial and why he had fallen out of favour of the employer.more >>
REP decides to back up BKDP
The members of the Presidium of the REP Trade Union have unanimously decided to apply to the Minsk City Executive Committee for an action dated to the World Day of Labour, marked on May 1, in Bangalore Square. The trade union has stressed that activists will go to Bangalore only if the authorities fail to sanction the May Day event applied for by the BKDP (Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions) in the Park of the 50th Anniversary of the October Revolution.more >>
REP Trade Union accepts one new member every day
At a regular sitting held today, on April 11, the members of the Presidium of the REP Trade Union accepted nine new members. During the first week of April, the union has grown up by nine members.more >>
Sergey Antusevich: products of "Horizont" and MAZ are of no demand
The fact that President Lukashenko had personally undertaken to cell MAZ trucks to the distant Indonesia is an indication of the critical state of the Belarusian economy.more >>
"Pinskdrev" workers want to create independent trade union
However, the bosses of the Holding Company calls on workers to withdraw their application about quitting the official trade union, threatening them with the fate of union activists from the "Granit".more >>
Minsk "Horizont" Factory runs harshly
Over a hundred workers have been fired from the Minsk-based "Horizont" Factory. For over a month some of its shops work four days a week.more >>
Gennady Fedynich: "Give us five years of work on equal terms – then, we`ll discuss the issue of trade union membership"
The Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FPB) has offered to fix – at the legislative level – the right to hold collective bargaining and conclude Collective Agreements only of those trade unions, which unite at least 30% of the workers of an enterprise, a territory or a branch of industry. In the opinion of the FPB, the workers-non-members of trade unions should pay for using the privileges fixed in the Collective Agreement.more >>
Administration of Bobruisk Factory continues prosecuting SPB members
The new Collective Agreement concluded at the Republic's Unitary Enterprise (RUE) "Bobruisk Factory of Tractor Parts and Units" (known as "BZTDiA") is clearly discriminatory against the members of the free trade union and the non-union workers of the factory, said Mikhail Kovalkov, the chairman of the primary organization of the Free Trade Union of Belarusian (SPB), which operates at the factory.more >>
Bosses of OJSC "Polotsk Steklovolokno" fire SPB leader
Starting March 12, Victor Stukov, the chair of the primary organization of the Free Trade Union of Belarus (SPB) of the workers of the Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) "Polotsk Steklovolokno" was transferred to a full-time trade union position, because the director of the enterprise Nikolai Kochanovskiy had ordered to dismiss the union leader.more >>
Spring "gift" to "Granit" workers: bonuses for adverse conditions decreased; minus additional week of vacations
The workers of the Republic's Unitary Production Enterprise (RUPE) "Granit" in Mikashevichi are forced – in the mandatory-voluntary manner – to agree to the new attestation of workplaces, as a result of which the surplus coefficient for adverse working conditions was dropped from 3.3 down to 3.2. Workers are indignant and address the primary organization of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BNP) asking how to protect their interests, since their real working conditions have not changed.more >>
In Bobruisk, workers are enticed by million roubles to quit independent trade union
The workers of the Factory of Tractor Parts and Units (FTP&U) in Bobruisk are offered one million Belarusian roubles in exchange for an application to quit the independent trade union and join the official one, tells "Belsat".more >>
BNP wins the right to be party to branch Tariff Agreement
A full stop has been put in the issue of signing the 2013-2015 Tariff Agreement between the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BNP), the "Belneftekhim" Concern and the organization of employers named the Belarusian Association of Industrial Enterprises (known as BelAPP). The BNP has joined the Tariff Agreement and became a party of the Working Group for creating the Branch Council under the Concern, the "belnp.org" reports.more >>
Gennady Fedynich: we will not scale-up membership at any cost
At its regular sitting that took place on Thursday, February 21, the Presidium of the REP Trade Union accepted 45 new members of the trade union. The sitting held a serious talk about the principles of recruiting new workers into the trade union.more >>
During a year union activists was 20 times rejected employment
For a year already, Alexei Pavlovsky, an activist of the REP Trade Union and a 5th-category bricklayer, cannot find a job. There are plenty of vacancies, but employers keep refusing – in violation of all the law – to hire the highly skilled worker. The trade union is sure that the reason is in active civil stand of the worker.more >>
"Granit" administration continues intimidating workers
Two drivers from the Mikashevichi-based "Granit" Factory were fined by 700,000 roubles each just for their failure to appear at the sitting of the factory commission. The administration ignored the fact that both drivers had their night shifts, and they rightly refused to attend the sitting on their legitimate day-off.more >>
Independent trade union is ready for mass protest action
The delegates of the extraordinary congress of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (known as the BNP) have summed up the work of the union for the last two years and formulated the first-order tasks for the future. The main debate flared up around the branch tariff agreement, in particular, on the methods to be used in the fight for the right to be a party thereto. The union activists were deciding whether to continue the correspondence with the bureaucrats or to go out to mass protest actions.more >>
BNP intends to start bargaining on separate collective agreement at "Belshina"
The primary organization of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BNP) at the Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) "Belshina" in the city of Bobruisk is preparing for the procedure of signing a separate collective agreement with the employer.more >>
Irina Zyl: "Women from NPG are inspirers of ideas and driving force of the union!"
"Only under the gender equality we can build a truly harmonious society, which respects not only the interests of the male population of the country, but also of elderly people, children, women and invalids," Irina Zyl, the leader of the Women's Network of Independent Trade Union of Miners (NPG), believes.more >>
Will independent trade unions repeat the success of Polish "Solidarity"?
The Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (known as NISEPI), which is registered in Vilnius, has published the results of the latest – held in December – nationwide public opinion poll.more >>
Year of protests at "Granit": workers should not be treated as slaves
Looking back at the struggle of workers of the rock-extracting enterprise "Granit" in the town of Mikashevichi, Oleg Stakhaevich, the chairman of the independent trade union of the enterprise, has concluded that the protest was mostly successful.more >>
Director of Gomel-based "Vipra" Company refuses to recognize his employee`s membership in independent trade union
Igor Schegelsky, Director of the Private Unitary Enterprise (PUE) "Vipra", has refused to discuss the conditions of the transfer of the toolmaker Anatoly Poplavny to the contract form of employment in the presence of an official of the REP Trade Union, where the worker is a member. The Director has stated that there is a trade union at the enterprise; and only that trade union is authorized to represent workers' interests.more >>
Will President`s Administration help independent trade union with social partnership?
The leaders of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BNP) appealed to the Administration of the President of Belarus asking to help to bring back to the BNP the powers in bargaining on the tariff agreement. The administration officials have promised to investigate the matter.more >>