ILO-FNPR Conference and Workshop on the Future of Work and Trade Union Advocacy Took place in Rostov-on-Don

The conference organized by the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR) jointly with the ILO opened up on October 16 at the Trade Union House of the Rostov Oblast. It was followed by an advocacy workshop for trade union associations of the Southern and North Caucasus Federal Districts focused on the future of work and trade union objectives.

News | 18 October 2019
The workshop featured presentations by Nikolai Gladkov, FNPR Secretary, Honored Lawyer of Russia, Gocha Aleksandria, Senior Specialist on Workers’ Activities of the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Alexander Stetsenko, Head of the Domestic Policy Department at the Plenipotentiary Presidential Envoy Office in the SFD, Dmitry Chuikov, FNPR Secretary and FNPR Representative in the SFD, Alexander Lozichenko, Chairman of the Rostov Oblast Trade Union Federation, Elena Eliseeva, Minister of Labour and Social Development of the Rostov Oblast, and Eduard Kuznetsov, Deputy Co-Chairman/Executive Director of the Steering Council of Russian Union of Industrialists and Employers (RUIE) offices in the SFD.

In his opening speech, Nikolai Gladkov remarked that events of this kind are a “good tradition. It is for the first time such event is held in Rostov-on-Don. It is especially important that we are joined by representatives of the Rostov Oblast Government and those of employers”.

Alexander Lozichenko stressed in his presentation that it was important for the Rostov Oblast’s Trade Union Federation to take part in the events held under the auspices of the FNPR:
  • We ourselves initiate the holding of workshops and trainings while trying to reach out to the international level. The thing is that balanced and right decisions cannot be taken unless one understands the nature of a phenomenon. Our business is to be competent and to take informed decisions for the benefit of the people. I am confident that today’s and tomorrow’s events will contribute to this.
At the workshop, compliance of the Russian labour law with the international instruments was reviewed. The participants discussed the problem of protecting the rights and liberties of trade unions, and technological change affecting labour markets and vocational training systems.

On October 17, the conference continued its deliberations, with Angelica Munoz Marmolejo and Rafael Peels from the ILO Headquarters delivering their presentations on the ILO Global Wage Report and recommendations of the Global Commission on the Future of Work while Gocha Aleksandria outlined the main areas of cooperation between the ILO and Russia for the period of 2017-2020.