06.04.20
Hundreds of migrants in Russia were left without earnings and the opportunity to return

gast2.jpgLabor migrants from Central Asian countries, mainly from Kyrgyzstan, have become one of the most vulnerable categories of workers in the Russian Federation, who find themselves unemployed for an indefinite period, said Boris Kravchenko, president of the Confederation of Labor of Russia (KTR), a member of the Presidential Human Rights Council.

“Our fears are not related to the telework. There are several categories of workers who are currently suffering greatly. We receive complaints from a large number of migrants, mainly from Kyrgyzstan, employed in construction, services and trade areas. Since these enterprises are closed, and labor relations with these workers are often in the "gray zone", the employer is not responsible for what will happen to the earnings of these migrants, and their jobs," Mr. Kravchenko told Interfax on Tuesday.

The head of KTR notes that these workers lost out on that money, but also could not return to their homeland.

“People are told that their services are no longer needed or will be transferred to the so-called unpaid leave. And no one knows how long this will continue. In this situation, the migrants were left without a livelihood and the opportunity to go home. We already have several hundred such appeals, mainly from citizens of Kyrgyzstan. There are also citizens of Uzbekistan," the source said.

Another category of workers who find themselves in an extremely difficult situation are Russian citizens from other regions of the Russian Federation working in major cities of the country, in particular, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Mr. Kravchenko notes.

“The category of workers who came to Moscow and St. Petersburg from other Russian regions is also vulnerable. They are employed in small and medium-sized businesses, for example, in shops, fitness centers, restaurants and cafes. Now they find themselves in forced stoppages, their employment relations are also not always framed correctly. They need to pay for housing, they are credited. There are a lot of such people," he said.

Kravchenko notes that there are already many questions regarding this new situation for the Russian labor market.

“I want to emphasize that we are only entering this situation. There is a category of workers who are already at risk, there are workers who are forced to work more, and workers for whom there are serious concerns if the the situation will drag on for several weeks. Serious imbalances may begin in the labor market associated with the release of many workers," said Mr. Kravchenko.

“In general, large and medium-sized companies, as a rule, switch to the telework, where it is technically possible. At this stage, a large number of complaints have not been received. People understand that this is a necessary measure and that the employer is interested in retaining qualified personnel, and these jobs," said the head of KTR.

The Confederation of Labor of Russia (KTR) is one of the largest Russian trade union associations with about 2 million members.

Source: Interfax (translation)

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