Mr Sergey Mironov
Chairman of the Council
of the Member-States
of the Commonwealth of Independent States
Solving the most acute social problems is currently a top priority for all CIS member-states;
without accomplishing this task, we do not believe they will be able to ensure optimum
economic growth and secure social and political stability. In this context, it is particularly
important for the states to observe the universally accepted international labour standards
as formulated in the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
In 1996, the General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) called upon the CIS
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (IPA) to recommend the Commonwealth countries to
ratify the basic ILO conventions.
The initiative won the support of the Assembly, which has produced positive results.
By now, practically all the ILO conventions recommended at that time by the Assembly
have been ratified by an absolute majority of CIS states.
In the present-day situation, we find it expedient for us to approach the IPA with a new
request for further measures be taken for immediate ratification by all the Commonwealth
countries of an additional number of key ILO conventions that are vital for the protection
of CIS workers’ socio-economic rights and interests in the specific conditions of building
a market economy and respective social and labour relations.
We propose these conventions should be as follows:
Convention No.97 concerning Migration for Employment;
Convention No.102 concerning Minimum Standards of Social Security;
Convention No.117 concerning Basic Aims and Standards of Social Policy;
Convention No.131 concerning Minimum Wage Fixing;
Convention No.132 concerning Annual Holidays with Pay
Convention No.135 concerning Protection and Facilities to be Afforded to Workers’
Representatives in the Undertaking
Convention No.144 concerning Tripartite Consultations to Promote the Implementation
of International Labour Standards
Convention No.154 concerning the Promotion of Collective Bargaining
Convention No.168 concerning Employment Promotion and Protection against Unemployment
Convention No.173 concerning the Protection of Workers’ Claims in the Event of the
Insolvency of their Employer
Convention No.183 concerning the Revision of the Maternity Protection Convention
(Revised) of 1952
We would be much obliged if you could refer this proposal of ours to a forthcoming
plenary session of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and recommend that the
parliaments of all the CIS countries give positive consideration to the issue of ratifying
the above mentioned international labour standards.
General Secretary GCTU