PERC General Assembly was held in Brussels

arton2068-09b14.jpgOn December 16 in Brussels (Belgium) the General Assembly of the Pan-European Regional Council of the International Trade Union Confederation (PERC ITUC) was held. Boris Kravchenko and Igor Kovalchuk as representatives of KTR, as well as Yury Varlamov as a representative of the Youth Committee of PERC participated in the session. 

PERC President Irakli Petriashvili, PERC General Secretary Luca Vincentini, PERC Executive Secretary Anton Leppik reported to delegates on the results of the work of PERC and its secretariat during 2016-2019. Among the main areas of work was noted the activities of the monitoring group for Central Asia, which dealt with systematic violations of labor rights in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. The work of the monitoring group on the situation in Ukraine was also pointed out. The General Assembly unanimously adopted a Statement to the Government of Ukraine supporting the campaign of brotherly Ukrainian trade unions against the adoption of the new Labor Law.

The General Assembly also elected a new PERC Steering Committee for 2020—2023. The leader of the Georgian trade unions, Irakli Petriashvili, was re-elected President of PERC. The General Assembly also elected six vice-presidents. The President of KTR became a member of the Executive Committee of PERC.
At the end of the day, trade union delegates took part in the conference “Labor Migration in Europe and Central Asia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Point for Trade Union Action.” During the reports, it sounded many times that the actions of trade unions and states should be focused not on the consequences, but on the causes of migration. It is poor working conditions, the right economic policy, the exemption of business from social obligations, and discrimination of workers on various grounds that make workers leave their homes in large numbers. Experts have come to the important conclusion that the fault for the negative effects of migration lies not with the people themselves, but with those governments that make life impossible for workers in their own country.

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