Belarus: Campaign for reinstatement of union activist

In partnership with IndustriALL and the Belarusian Independent trade union of Miners, Chemical workers, Oil-refiners, Energy, Transport, Construction and other workers, an independent union struggling for workers' rights in authoritarian Belarus. IndustriALL represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

Mikalaj Valadzko was suspended from his job at a shaft sinking project in Belarus after he started a local union to defend workers' rights. The work is being carried out by German company Redpath Deilmann owned by Canadian company Redpath Mining. Since May 2019, employees have sought labour safety inspectorate certification, which gives underground workers the right to additional benefits and guarantees. To defend their rights, workers created a local union with the support of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU). The company responded with reprisals and did not renew Mikalaj's contract. A highly qualified specialist, he remains without work, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, since 31 March. Support the demand of the BITU and IndustriALL to renew the contract of trade union activist Mikalaj Valadzko, certify workplaces at Redpath Deilmann and apply all labour safety measures required by Belarusian legislation.

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