The Issyk-Kul School for Young Trade Unionists from Central Asia

ISSYK-KUL, KYRGYZSTAN (ILO News) – On the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, the gem of Kyrgyzstan, the Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan (FTUK) organized a summer school for young trade unionists “The Future of Work and the Role of Young Trade Unionists in Promoting Decent Work” with financial support of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

News | 22 July 2019

The event that had been initiated by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) was held on July 20-21. It was coordinated by Zheenbek Osmonaliev, FTUK Deputy Chairman, and moderated by Vasile Cioaric, ILO expert. The workshop brought together representatives of youth organizations from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The participants learned the core objectives proposed by the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work and formulated in the Declaration of the Centenary that was adopted at the International Labour Conference. They also studied methods of organizing and holding PR campaigns on ILO activities, decent work and future of work, as well as the use of modern IT tools for protecting the social and labour rights and interests of young workers and engaging them in the trade union movement.

In opening the workshop, Zheenbek Osmonaliev, FTUK Deputy Chairman, thanked the ILO for its continuous support of the trade union movement in the Central Asia and in Kyrgyzstan in particular. He wished young trade unionists successful work at the summer school with a result to apply the gained skills to trade union activities.

Sergeyus Glovackas, ACTRAV Desk Officer for Europe and Central Asia at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, spoke about the ILO activities, conventions and decent work programmes. He made a special emphasis on the newly adopted Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) as well as on human and trade union rights enshrined in the ILO Conventions and on the existing mechanisms for protecting these rights.

Gocha Aleksandria, Specialist on Workers’ Activities at the ILO Moscow Office, discussed in detail the role of youth committees and mechanisms to promote the involvement of young people in decision-making processes at trade unions.

Rysgul Babaeva, FTUK Deputy Chairperson, told the participants about the work of the FTUK advocacy group to get across their position on Kyrgyzstan’s new draft law “On Trade Unions”.

The work was taken up by a team of trainers led by Vasile Cioaric, ILO trade union expert. Following the training sessions, the participants presented video clips they made on the subject “I protest against gender inequality at enterprises”, a PR event to support workers of the Kant Pipe-Slate Enterprise, and a PR event involving elements of the social theatre.

The session devoted to contacts with the mass media in process of preparing PR events, briefings, press conferences and interviews aroused much interest of the participants. 

The participants agreed that such workshops, meetings and exchanges are very useful. They give young people from different countries an opportunity to learn and compare the context and realities in different domains, from legislation and working conditions to vocational training and leisure. The summer school for young trade unionists helps to open one’s mind, borrow the best from others and, of course, make new friends. 

Upon completion of the summer school, all participants were issued certificates.