ILO to look at Minsk’s progress on its recommendations

The International Labour Organization (ILO) on June 8 discussed how Belarus is implementing its recommendations. The matter was on the agenda of a meeting to be held by the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards within the framework of the 99th International Labor Conference that began in Geneva on June 2.

Led by Labour Minister Maryana Shchotkina, Belarus’ official delegation to the conference includes Leanid Kozik, chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, and Anatol Kharlap, head of the Confederation of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Alyaksandr Yarashuk, chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions, arrived in Geneva as part of the delegation of the International Trade Union Confederation.

The International Labour Organization’s Commission of Inquiry adopted the 12 recommendations for the Belarusian government in late 2004, after considering a 200-page report compiled by a special commission formed to probe the government’s alleged interference in the activities of trade unions.

In December 2006, the European Union decided to suspend Belarus’ trade benefits under its Generalized System of Preferences as punishment for Minsk’s failure to respect independent trade unions’ rights and carry out the ILO’s recommendations.

Source: Naviny.By

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