Alexander Yaroshuk's blog

Almost twice as many citizens of the country trust independent trade unions compared to the state-run ones

The results of the opinion poll conducted in July by Chatham House impressed us again: the trust rank of independent trade unions turned out to be one of the highest in the country – 34 %. Equally important, it remains consistently high. In January, 36 % of the respondents declared their confidence in us, and […] 15.10.2021

Sad news from Washington. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has died

I met Richard in August 2005 in Gdansk at the jubilee convention of Polish “Solidarity” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the trade union. I was a speaker there and gained great support from 6 thousand delegates of the congress who were chanting “Free Belarus!” After the congress we got acquainted with Richard, then the […] 08.08.2021

About the creation of trade unions in the private sector

One of the requirements for the Belarusian authorities, as set out in the Conclusion of the International Labour Conference held in June in Geneva, is to stop forcing businesses to create trade unions. This practice violates both employers’ rights and employees’ rights to voluntarily join trade unions. Judging by the results of yesterday’s meeting of […] 06.08.2021

Possible application of the ILO’s paragraph 33 in respect of Belarus is brought back to the agenda due to repressions against independent trade unions, their leaders and members

On July 14, 2021, officers of the internal affairs bodies searched the house of the Chairman of the Belarusian Free Trade Union (SPB) Nikolai Sharakh. Nikolai was detained for three days on suspicion of a criminal offense. Thus, another fact of repression against the activists and members of independent trade unions has been added to […] 16.07.2021

We will withstand and win

We cherished no illusions that the ruling regime would start to implement the Opinion of the International Labor Conference which ended on June 19 in Geneva. The statements of the Minister of Labor and Social Protection Irina Kostevich, who during the ILC denied the facts of violation of the rights of workers and trade unions […] 14.07.2021

Listen to us !?

7 июня Комитет по нормам в рамках Международной конференции труда, проходящей онлайн в Женеве, будет рассматривать положение с правами трудящихся и профсоюзов в Беларуси. 06.07.2021