2021-09-27

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has published a ranked list of countries in terms of workers’ rights. This year, two new countries rank among ten worst ones: Myanmar, where a military junta has seized power, and Belarus.

In this ranking, 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 Polatsk-Shklovalakno are mentioned as the examples of the Belarusian companies that violate workers’ rights.

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