Women of the Independent Trade Union of Miners appealed to the CEO of JSC “Belaruskali” Ivan Halavaty demanding to stop pressure on workers on the union basis. A written appeal was sent to the head of the enterprise.
The Women’s Network of the Independent trade union of Miners of Belaruskali held its Coordination Council meeting at the headquarters of the Belarusian Independent trade union on October 21. It addressed a number of issues, including pressure on union members, which has been ongoing throughout 2019.
The appeal to Belaruskali CEO Ivan Halavaty reads:
”The Women’s Network of the Independent trade union of Miners of Belaruskali held its Coordination Council on October 21.
One of the issues discussed was the problem of discrimination and decline of membership. Since the beginning of the year, 861 people have left the Independent trade union of Miners – 540 of them are women and 321 men. Based on the figures, it is obvious that women from centralized workshops were most exposed to pressure from the administration.
Analyzing the problem and hearing examples of pressure, we state the fact of discrimination on the basis of trade union affiliation. This includes using obtaining ranks, increasing career growth, transition to other job positions, professional skills, and bonuses for professional holidays, renovation of contracts and the ability to employ children as a reason to leave the independent trade union. To solve these issues, one thing is required – a way out of the Independent trade union of Miners.
In this regard, the Coordination Council of the Women’s Network of the Independent trade union of Miners appeals to you with a request to stop this shameful pressure and apply fair attitude to the employees in labour activity, regardless of union membership in accordance with international standards and the legislation of the Republic of Belarus. ”