The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia Marks Its 30th Anniversary: ILO Director General’s Address

The government, trade unions and employers of Russia have succeeded in creating a robust and effective system of social partnership – Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), made this assertion in his video address to the delegates of the General Council of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia. The conference celebrating the Federation’s 30th anniversary was held on September 19 at the FITUR headquarters.

News | 19 September 2020
The ILO head reminded that the FITUR was established 30 years ago at the time of major social and economic change. The revitalized Federation was to simultaneously address a number of complex issues as trade unions struggled to adapt to a new economic model, upgrade their structure, review and rethink the methods of their work.

According to the ILO Director General, the FUTUR spared no effort in addressing these issues. Since its inception, the Federation has become a bold fighter for the rights and interests of workers. Today the FITUR continues to fight for decent living wages, secure employments, safe and healthy work places. Guy Ryder also noted that it is to the merit of trade unions that the country has an effective system of social partnership.

“The FNPR has always been a strong supporter of ILO principles, a staunch voice for the ratification of ILO Conventions, and an active participant in ILO events and activities. I do believe that this fruitful cooperation will continue,” Guy Ryder said.

President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, State Duma Chairman Viacheslav Volodin, Russian and international trade union leaders addressed the anniversary conference participants by video while the ministers of labour, health and education, Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, as well as Alexander Yaroshuk, leader of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions, attended the conference in person.

An award ceremony on the occasion of the FITUR’s 30th anniversary was also held, with awards given, in particular, to Olga Koulaeva, Director of the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Centrals Asia, and Gocha Aleksandria, Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities of the ILO Office.

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