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Belarusian unions prepare to struggle against short-term contracts

30 October, 2014On 24 October 2014 in Minsk IndustriALL Global Union held the workshop to evaluate «Possible joint actions of Belarusian unions against precarious work. Possibilities for strengthening cooperation of trade unions in Belarus against the system of short-term labour contracts. "

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. 

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.

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.

Oil refinery workers union busted in Belarus

17 October, 2013Trade union leaders had to announce a hunger strike to protest the union busting campaign started at “Mozyr Oil Refinery” against the local union organization of the IndustriALL affiliate Belarusian Independent Trade Union, BITU.

Unions unite to defend workers’ rights

4 October, 2018Over 80 delegates representing 40 IndustriALL affiliates from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) met on 1 - 3 October in Baku, Azerbaijan, to discuss effective trade union response against the challenges in the regions.

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.

Workers in Belarus down tools to protest oppression

14 August, 2020In response to brutal oppression by the Belarusian authorities, who used extreme violence to suppress free and peaceful protests against the recent rigged election, workers at many large companies in Belarus have downed tools and held peaceful assemblies. 

Mistrusted by the people, Lukashenko tries to shut workers down

20 August, 2020Workers and activists are always on the front line of struggles for change. Belarus is no exception: when the regime failed to fool the world with falsified election results, the population responded with huge rallies.

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.