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11,696 industrial safety and labor protection councils have been created in the Republic of Kazakhstan

TASHKENT. KAZINFORM Tashkent hosted the second meeting of the Council of Trade Unions of the Countries of Central Asia (SPECA), Kazinform reports with reference to the press service of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

“During 2021, in order to improve control over safe working conditions, the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan submitted proposals to the Government and the Ministry of Labor to increase the status and powers of technical labor inspectors, increase the number of state labor inspectors and transfer their powers from local executive bodies to the Ministry labor and social protection, organizing joint inspections according to the format “state labor inspector – technical inspector for labor protection” and fixing the procedure for investigating cases of occupational diseases and poisoning of the population. Our proposals to strengthen public control and raise the status of technical inspectors for labor protection are reflected in the Action Plan to ensure safe labor in the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2025, approved by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and in the Concept of safe labor until 2030,” Nurlybek, head of the FPRK staff, said. Zhumash.

According to him, to date, 11,696 industrial safety and labor protection councils have been created in Kazakhstan, of which 9,223 were initiated by trade unions, public control over the state of labor protection in the republic is carried out by 17,994 technical labor protection inspectors.

Last year alone, technical labor protection inspectors conducted 61,515 inspections, during which 115,481 violations of labor protection legislation were identified, 112,941 of them were eliminated, and the inspectors took part in the certification of 27,528 workplaces in terms of working conditions.

Head of the Europe and Central Asia Department of the International Labor Organization Sergejus Glovackas reported on the priorities of the Bureau of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in supporting the Central Asian trade unions. He noted the readiness to provide all possible support in promoting and developing the initiatives of the national trade union centers and the Council of Trade Unions of the Central Asian countries as a whole.

Anna Salnikova, program coordinator of the International Trade Union Confederation in the Newly Independent States, emphasized that strengthening the role of trade unions in the region in the system of social partnership would mitigate the negative consequences of the impact of the economic crisis caused by geopolitical processes in the world.

The participants of the meeting discussed the issues of safety and labor protection of workers in the Central Asian region and shared their experience in the development of the institution of public control by trade unions.

During the second meeting of the members of the Council of Trade Unions of the Central Asian countries, a declaration was signed on the development and modernization of trade union education and the strengthening of regional cooperation of trade unions in the countries of Central Asia. According to the document, the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan was identified as a basic training center for the development of trade union education in the countries of Central Asia. Here, on an ongoing basis, representatives of trade unions of the SPECA countries will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and exchange best practices in trade union activities.

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