Conclusions on the ninth item on the agenda: Measures taken by the Government of Belarus to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry established to examine the observance of the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87), and the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98)
The Governing Body took note of the information given by the Minister of Labour of Belarus and welcomed the Government’s stated intention to reach agreement between all parties concerned on the question of trade union legislation.
The Governing Body underlined that solutions based on consensus and dialogue had to be aimed at the full implementation of the recommendations of the 2004 Commission of Inquiry. All trade unions and employers’ organizations should be able to function freely and obtain recognition in law and in practice.
The Governing Body noted that the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations would be reviewing the state of the legislation and its conformity with Conventions Nos 87 and 98 at its upcoming meeting.
While expecting that significant progress towards satisfactory solutions would be made in Belarus, the Governing Body would, in an appropriate way, review the developments at its March 2008 session. (GB.300/9 and GB.300/9/1.)