2021-09-27

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has published a ranking of workers’ rights around the world. This year, two new countries rank among ten worst ones: Myanmar, where a military junta has seized powe as well as Belarus.

In this rating, Belarus is presented as a country where workers’ rights to strike and collectively bargain are violated and where their access to justice is restricted.

Naftan, Hrodna Azot and Polotsk-Steklovolokno are mentioned as the examples of the Belarusian companies that violate workers’ rights.

With regard to Belarus, it is also noted that following the presidential elections in 2020 the regime of Alexander Lukashenko began repressions against independent trade unions, banned all rallies and demonstrations, raided the offices of several independent trade unions, kidnapped and threw union representatives behind bars.