COOPERATION WITHIN THE ILO
March 16, 2017
TASHKENT HOSTS TRIPARTITE COMMISSION MEETING
The Cabinet of Ministers, the Trade Union Federation Council and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Uzbekistan convened in Tashkent for a session of the tripartite commission for the implementation of the General Agreement for Socio-Economic Issues.
The meeting reviewed the implementation of the General Agreement 2014-2016 and outlined the tasks for a new three-year agreement, the Trade Union Federation said.
Participants said the government’s social policy helped implement the agreement, by ratifying ILO Convention C087 (Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise) and amending the Law ‘On Trade Unions, Their Rights and Activity Guarantees’ and the Law ‘On Labour Protection.’
State employees saw their wages rise by 15%, as population real income upped 11%. 726 thousand people have been employed, 438,5 thousand of which are college graduates.
College student employment is now monitored, and labour and safety protection have been stepped up.
Trade unions now have the right to attend meetings of medical expert commissions and occupation disease examination commissions.
The General Agreement boosted employment relations across the economy, with 95 sectoral, 14 territorial, and 122 thousand collective agreements at various businesses and organisations.
These agreements offered 165b soums (currency rates of CB RU from 16.03.2017, 1$= 3500.01 soums) in financial help to families, women, labour veterans and young people.
Trade union sanatoriums treated 427 women employees, 412 health workers, and 209 members of young families.
The meeting set out member obligations and outlined the plans for 2017:
assist the Action Strategy 2017-2021 Programme, under the Presidential Decree;
improve population feedback by setting up new call centres, helplines, and virtual reception;
strengthen state and public control over wage payment and employers’ obligations;
set up new examination commissions and specialists for work safety and occupational hazards;
tighten control over employers’ insurance and free health inspection obligations;
follow the ILO conventions.