confederations want the EU to put more pressure
Helsinki (02.02.2011 - Juhani Artto) Last Thursday, three Finnish union
confederations - SAK, STTK and Akava –in a joint effort- issued a statement
condemning the arrests and maul-handling of protesters after the December
presidential elections in Belarus. Among those arrested were union activists
and a number of those arrested are still imprisoned, the confederations say.
They are now urging the EU to put pressure on Belarus to implement the ILO's
recommendations on Belarus. The recommendations concern the implementation
of ILO conventions on organizing and collective bargaining rights.
According to the Finnish confederations the bulk of employment relations are
temporary by nature, and union membership weakens possibilities to get
employment relations extended. "It is an effective way to suppress union
activity", SAK, STTK and Akava criticise.
The union organization BKDP represents the free trade union
movement in Belarus. It is an affiliated member of the ITUC that represents
176 million people globally and a strategic partner in the Baltic Sea region
union network BASTUN.