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Leader of Belarusian trade union REPAM prosecuted for defending labour rights

21 March, 2017Chair of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Belarusian Radio and Electronic Industry Workers' Union (REPAM), and deputy member of the Executive Committee of IndustriALL European region, Gennady Fedynich has been found guilty of participating in an unlawful mass event after joining protests against the presidential decree on social dependency and fined US$ 640.

Belarus: trade unionists among 50 arrested following protests

16 March, 2017Some 50 people in Belarus, including at least 12 trade unionists, have been brutally arrested in retaliation to a series of mass protests against a presidential decree imposing a tax on the unemployed. 

Belarusians protest tax on “social parasites”

1 March, 2017Protests against an unjust law that taxes people for unemployment and accuses them of being “social parasites” were held in five cities in Belarus. 

New Labour Code will undermine workers' rights in Belarus

27 February, 2017Proposed amendments to the Labour Code in Belarus will significantly weaken workers’ rights and lead to social instability in the country say trade unions. The government’s proposals could be considered by parliament as early as April 2017.

Belarusian unions call for abolishment of decree on “social parasitism”

22 December, 2016In a reply to the Belarusian President’s statement about correcting shortcomings in the decree "On prevention of social dependency”, IndustriALL affiliates say that the decree should be abolished instead of improved. 

Belarusian unions oppose law calling unemployed "social parasites"

16 November, 2016The government of Belarus has passed an unjust law that taxes people for unemployment and accuses them of being parasites. Two IndustriALL Global Union affiliates have joined the fight to have it repealed.

Authorities disrupt union women's conference in Belarus

31 August, 2016Authorities tried to disrupt a trade union conference in Salihorsk, Belarus dedicated to the 10-year anniversary of women's union network of the Belarusian Independent trade union of miners (BITU) at JSC Belaruskali.

14-second video considered act of public disorder in Belarus

19 May, 2016Eight women are accused of public disorder in Belarus after posting a 14-second video protest message on YouTube against raising the retirement age.

Unions in Belarus report new violations

10 May, 2016Leaders from three of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in Belarus reported widespread violations of trade union rights in the country, during their meeting with IndustriALL assistant general secretary, Monika Kemperle on 29 April in the capital Minsk.

Belarusian unions use rare chance to rally on 7 October

13 October, 2015For the first time in five years, unions in Belarus were allowed to conduct pickets on 7 October, the World Day for Decent Work.