Five examples of forced labour flourishing in Belarus

See below the cases, which became widely known only in the last six months.

Plus 505 roubles to treasury of money adjudged by REP in favour of workers

Arkady Bartalevich, an Employee of the Department for Operation and Repair of Buildings and Structures (known as the UEiRZiS) of the Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) "Stroykomplex", for two years tried to bring the section under his command into order, but his bosses broke their promise, refused to extend his employment…

REP Trade Union intends to appeal to SC and ILO to protect rights of former porters of Slonim ZhREO

The REP Trade Union has passed through a few judicial instances in an attempt to achieve a fair severance for the dismissed women-porters of the "Slonim ZhREO" (Housing Service of the city of Slonim). However, the Slonim District Court and the Collegium of the Grodno Regional Court took the side…

"By amendments to ordinance, authorities say, 'People, generally, we've heard you'."

Gennady Fedynich, the leader of the REP Trade Union, has commented to the the Government's decision to amend the notorious and scandalous ordinance "on parasitism'.

Trade union saves female worker from slavery

"It was just slavery," a former employee of the Rechitsa RAIPO (District Consumers' Society) kept repeating, when she was telling her story to the The REP Trade Union has helped the woman to get rid of forced labour and threats of future unfair material responsibility.

"Parasitism" Ordinance: who is to blame and what to do?

Trade union lawyers and rights defenders have developed a detailed instruction and expressed their readiness to provide free legal assistance to all, who believe that the tax "on parasitism" is unfair. They also explained why the ordinance is illegal and should not be applied.

"Belit" workers were told that their problem was solved, but shown no documents

The number of jobless persons in the town of Postavy may increase by 250 people. "Where are Messrs Kobyakov and Semashko looking at?" the Chairman of the REP Trade Union.

Trade union lawyer: "It’s hard to estimate the life of one’s own child, but the payments due to the family, should be demanded"

The REP Trade Union continues closely monitoring the actions of the authorities in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl at agricultural works in the Molodechno District. Leonid Sudalenko, the legal Inspector of the REP Trade Union has explained, in his comment to the, why the girl’s parents,…

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  • A Dutch trade unionist will be in court on 19 January, demanding that his dismissal after 31 years from the oil company NAM, in which Shell and Esso own 50 per cent respectively, be overturned. He was dismissed with immediate effect in October last year after being falsely accused of having spread sensitive information relating to the company's pension scheme.

  • On 5 October 2016, Valter Sanches from Brazilian union CNM/CUT, was elected General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union. Sanches, a former metalworker and life-long trade union activist, will lead IndustriALL for the next four years.

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