GCTU ASSOCIATES ITSELF WITH THE COMPLAINT PRESENTED
BY THE CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
20 May 2004
Mr. Juan SOMAVIA
The General Confederation of Trade Unions has been approached by one of its affiliates,
the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Moldova, CSRM, with the request
to support the complaint they have presented to you about gross violations by state
authorities of the Republic of Moldova of ILO Convention No.87 concerning Freedom
of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise and Convention No.98 concerning
the Application of the Principles of the Right to Organise and to Bargain Collectively.
We have carefully examined the facts of interference by state authorities and employers
in the activity of the Confederation, as cited in the complaint, and come to the conclusion
that the complaint is justified and well-grounded.
As it signed Convention No.87 in 1995, the Republic of Moldova undertook the commitment
to observe its provisions relating to workers’ right to organize and build trade unions at their
own free choice. However, the facts contained in the complaint indicate that government
bodies in the Republic of Moldova violate flagrantly Articles 3 and 11 of Convention No.87
and Articles 1-2 of Convention No.98. That the above conventions are not observed, is obvious
from the facts of interference by representatives of state authorities in the internal affairs
of the National Federation of Agricultural and Food Workers’ Unions (Agroindsind), the
Education and Science Workers’ Union, and the Federation of Government and Public
Services Employees’ Unions.
Herewith, the General Confederation of Trade Unions associates itself with the complaint
presented by the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Moldova, and expresses
the hope that this complaint will be promptly accepted for consideration by the respective
bodies of the ILO supervisory mechanism.
General Secretary, GCTU