The Seafarers’ Union of Russia requested the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the Ministry of Labour of Russia to consider the issues of violations of women's right to work in the chosen occupation and to revise the List of Hard Works, Involving Harmful or Dangerous Working Conditions, Which Women May Not Perform approved by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation of 25 February 2000 No. 162. The answer was not long in coming—in the Ministry of Labour have assured that the work on updating the List and reducing the number of works restricting the employment of women had already begun.
Two trade union leaders were arrested by police on January, 20th in Aktau (Mangistau region, Kazakhstan) while participating in a mass protest of oil workers. The authorities fabricated criminal cases against Nurbek Kushakbaev, Deputy Chairman of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), and Amin Yeleusinov, chairman of the trade union of oil services company Oil Construction Company (affiliate of KNPRK). Their location is currently unknown.
The Interregional Trade Union Workers Association (ITUWA) at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga, Russia, are fighting for a new collective agreement. The current agreement expires on 31 December, and so far neither the employer nor the employees have taken the initiative of signing a new one.
Due to initiatives, appearing in last months aimed to ban abortions and, as a first step, to withdraw abortions from Compulsory Health Insurance, the Gender Equality Commission of the Confederation of Labor of Russia (KTR) issued a statement in which it has drawn attention to the possible catastrophic consequences of full or partial ban on abortions in our country.
The International Labour Organization conference recommends the Turkmen government take urgent and serious action to end forced labour in the cotton sector.