11 February 2008

On the 7th of February 2008, the General Secretary of the General Confederation of Trade Unions, Vladimir Scherbakov, addressed President of the Kyrgyz Republic Kurmanbek Bakiyev with the following letter:

The General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) has received a message signed by 27 members of the Council of the Kyrgyzstan Federation of Trade Unions (KFTU) which contains information about the temporary suspension of KFTU President Sagyn Bozgunbayev from his office. This decision by the Pervomaysky District Court of Bishkek invokes bewilderment and misapprehension as Sagyn Bozgunbayev was democratically elected President of the Federation at the 20th Congress of Kyrgyzstan Trade Unions 29 September 2005, while the criminal case against him was closed by the Prosecutor-Generals Office of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2006 for lack of corpus delicti.

It should also be pointed out that the GCTU 6th Congress held 14 September 2007 unanimously elected Sagyn Bozgunbayev a member of the GCTUs Executive Committee and Council, the governing bodies of our international trade union organisation.

The message also refers to attempts by State authorities to forcefully seat M.I.Biybosunov as the KFTU First Vice-President, which is blatant interference in the internal affairs of trade unions and violation of the universally accepted international standards and ILO Conventions 87 and 98 ratified by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. Branch ministries and Governors keep exerting pressure on KFTU Council members who have voted down the candidature of M.I.Biybosunov by an overwhelming majority. The current situation causes utmost concern and worry.

The GCTU reiterates its principled position that such actions are inadmissible, and expresses its full support for, and solidarity with, the struggle of the Kyrgyzstan Federation of Trade Unions in defence of workers interests.