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GCTU SUPPOTRTING ITS UKRAINIAN AFFILIATE
15 October 2009

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko
      Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Timoshenko
      Chairperson of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Vladimir Litvin

The General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating national trade union centres from the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and 31 industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region, fully supports the just demands by the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FTUU), a major GCTU member-organisation, that the Ukrainian authorities should immediately take concrete measures to raise the living standards of workers, students, pensioners and all other citizens of the country.     more

DECENT WORK,
A SAFE WAY OF OVERCOMING THE ECONOMIC CRISIS!
Statement by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
in connection with the World Day for Decent Work
7 October 2009
Moscow, 4 September 2009

On the 7th of October, 2009, the world’s trade unions will for the second time mark the World Day for Decent Work.     more

HEALTH AND SAFE WORK:
A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT
Statement by the GCTU
Moscow, 22 April 2009

On the eve of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers observed annually by the world community on the 28th of April, the General Confederation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 50 million union members in the CIS countries, pays a tribute of sorrow to the memory of all who died from occupational accidents, and expresses a deep sympathy with with workers injured at work.     more

GCTU MAY DAY APPEAL
20 April 2009

On the eve of the International Day of Workers’ Solidarity, the 1st of May, the Council of the General Confederation of Trade Unions calls on the GCTU affiliates to observe this holiday in a broad and active way.     more

GCTU COUNCIL CONCERNED OVER CRISIS
15 April 2009

The GCTU Council met in Moscow 10 April 2009 to review the activity of the Confederation in the period since its last session in April 2008.     more

EXECUTIVE REVIEWS GCTU ACTIVITY
14 April 2009

A regular session of the GCTU Executive Committee was held 9 April 2009 in Moscow to review the Confederation’s activity over the period since last October.     more

STATEMENT
by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
on the 90th Anniversary
of the International Labour Organisation
10 April 2009

The session of the GCTU Executive Committee held 9 April 2009 approved a special statement on the 90th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation, which reads as follows.     more

GCTU MOURNS OVER ITALIAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
Moscow, 7 April 2009

Guglielmo Epifani, General Secretary, CGIL
      Raffaele Bonanni, General Secretary, CISL
      Luigi Angeletti, General Secretary, UIL

Rome, Italy

Dear Brothers,

We were shocked to learn the news about the devastating earthquakes in Central Italy that have taken a heavy toll on the population and entailed enormous material damage and the loss of historical and cultural values.     more

GCTU STATEMENT
about the current developments in the Middle East
Moscow, 12 January 2009

The General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) expresses its deep concern over the tragic developments in the Middle East.     more

CUBAN WORKERS’ TRADE UNION CENTRAL (CTC)

Havana, Cuba Moscow, 29 December 2008

Dear Comrades,

Speaking for its affiliated organisations – national trade union centres in the Commonwealth of Independent States and the industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region, the General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) extends its warm fraternal greetings to trade unions of the Republic of Cuba on the forthcoming glorious jubilee, the 50th Anniversary of victorious Revolution of 1959.     more

STATEMENT BY THE GCTU
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
8 December 2008

On the 10th of December 2008 the world will mark the 60th Anniversary of the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a historic document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).     more

Mr Juan SOMAVIA
Director-General of the ILO
Geneva, Switzerland
Moscow, 20 November 2008

Mr Director-General,

Speaking for the General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating national trade union centres in CIS countries and 32 industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region may I send you my heartfelt congratulations on your re-election to the high post of Director-General of the International Labour Office.     more

STOP HOSTILE SEIZURES IN UKRAINE!
Statement by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
19 November 2008

The General Confederation of Trade Unions numbering over 50 million workers in CIS countries expresses its utter indignation at the illegal actions taken against one of its affiliates, the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FTUU) and its regional trade union organisations 16 November 2008.     more

PARTICIPANTS IN THE 25TH CONGRESS
OF THE PANCYPRIAN FEDERATION OF LABOUR
Nicosia, Cyprus
18 November 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
     On behalf of its member-organisations, the General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) extends its fraternal greetings to participants in the 25th Congress of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour and wishes them fruitful work.     more

RAIDER ATTACK ON FPU HOUSES REBUFFED
Statement by FPU
17 November 2008

On Sunday 16 November 2008, in most regions of Ukraine there were attempts to seize and retain the buildings of the regional trade union associations affiliated with the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine, FPU, and of the Trade Union House in Kyiv. In seizing the offices, assailants broke the entrance doors and equipment.     more

STATEMENT
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
on the Current World Financial and Economic Crisis
20 October 2008

The General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, affiliating national trade union centres in 10 countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and 32 industrial Trade Union Internationals, expresses its alarm at the crisis developments in the world economy and their eventual outcome for workers in the region.     more

GCTU EXECUTIVE HELD ITS SESSION
16 OCTOBER 2008 IN MOSCOW
17 October 2008

The Executive Committee of the General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, held its regular session 16 October 2008 in the Palace of Labour, Moscow, to discuss the trends and problems in the CIS trade union movement.     more

GIVE UNION SUPPORT TO DECENT WORK!
Appeal by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
in connection
with the forthcoming World Day for Decent Work
7 October 2008

8 July 2008

On the initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the largest trade union body in the world, trade unions will be organizing a World Day for Decent Work 7 October 2008. This Day is expected to be an important manifestation of international solidarity by trade unions in the struggles they wage for workers’ rights, the eradication of poverty, higher living standards for all people on this planet, and against any forms of inequality, social exclusion or discrimination.     more

GCTU MOURNS OVER QUAKE VICTIMS IN CHINA
19 ěŕ˙ 2008 ă.

In connection with the destructive earthquake in China, GCTU General Secretary Vladimir Scherbakov sent a message of sympathy and solidarity to the leader of Chinese trade unions that reads as follows.     more

STATEMENT
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD DAY
FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2008
24 April 2008

On behalf of the trade unions in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the General Confederation of Trade Unions expresses its full support for the initiative to mark 28 April 2008 as World Day for Safety and Health at Work under the slogan "My life, my work, my safe work".     more

STATEMENT
by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
in Connection with the European demonstration
for Higher Pay to Be Held in Ljubljana
Moscow, 1 April 2008

On the 5th of April 2008, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), in collaboration with the Slovenian Confederation of Free Trade Unions, is organising a mass international demonstration in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, in the framework of the latter’s Presidency of the European Union.     more

GCTU LEADERS MEET WITH PERC LEADERS
13 February 2008

A GCTU delegation led by its General Secretary Vladimir Scherbakov and Vice-President Viktor Karnyushin met 11 February 2008 with a delegation of the Pan-European Regional Council (PERC) of the International Trade Union Confederation headed by PERC President Mikhail Shmakov and General Secretary John Monks.     more

GCTU DEMANDS
RESPECT OF UNION RIGHTS IN KYRGYZSTAN
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:     more

STATEMENT
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
14 November 2007

During the last days, the situation in Georgia where an affiliate of the General Confederation of Trade Unions operates has seriously aggravated.     more

STATEMENT
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
ON THE OCCASION OF THE UN DAY
24 October 2007

The 24th of October is annually observed in the world as the United Nations Day.
      On this Day, the General Confederation of Trade Unions affiliating the national trade union centres in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and 31 industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region confirms its high appreciation of the role the United Nations plays as the main instrument of keeping peace and security on Earth.     more

THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
HOLDS ITS 6th CONGRESS IN MOSCOW
15 September 2007

The 6th Congress of the General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, took place in Moscow 14 September 2007. Attending the event were delegates of nine national trade union centres in CIS countries and 29 industrial Trade Union Internationals, honorary guests from interstate CIS agencies, the employers’ community, international trade union organisations, and journalists.     more

APPEAL TO WORLD TRADE UNIONS
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS

Adopted by the session of the GCTU Executive Committee
16 April 2007

Fifteen years have passed since the foundation of the General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating the major part of the trade union movement in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Today it comprises national trade union centres from ten CIS countries and 31 industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region.     more

PARTICIPANTS IN THE FOUNDING CONGRESS
OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION
Vienna, Austria

Moscow, November 2006

Dear Colleagues,

The General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, affiliating national trade union centres of the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region extends its fraternal greetings to participants in the founding congress of the new International Trade Union Confederation and wishes them success in solving the enormous challenges they are facing.     more

PARTICIPANTS IN THE HIGH-LEVEL
SEGMENT OF ECOSOC
Geneva, 3-4 July 2006

Moscow 3 July 2006

The General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating national trade union centres in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region, and enjoying permanent consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council sends its warm greetings to participants in he 2006 High Level Segment of ECOSOC.     more

STATEMENT
by the Executive Committee
of the General Confederation of Trade Unions

In connection with the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster the Executive Committee of the General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, appeals to the state authorities of the member-countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, world trade unions, and international nongovernmental organisations.     more

CIS TRADE UNION FORUM IN MOSCOW
27 April 2006

Over 250 delegates from 9 CIS countries and 31 industrial Trade Union Internationals (TUIs) took part in an international conference on the current situation and problems of the trade union movement in CIS countries convened by the General Confederation of Trade Unions in Moscow from 14-15 April 2006.     more

PARTICIPANTS
IN THE 15th WORLD TRADE UNION CONGRESS
Havana, Cuba, 1–4 December 2005

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, affiliating national trade union centres in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the industrial Trade Union Internationals of the CIS region, extends fraternal greetings and wishes of great success to all participants in the 15th World Trade Union Congress.     more

Participants in the International
Conference for Solidarity with
the Workers and People of Palestine
Ankara, Turkey
21 November 2005

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Speaking for its affiliates, the national trade union centres in CIS countries and the industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region, the General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) extends its fraternal greetings and wishes of successful work to all participants in the International Conference for Solidarity with the Workers and People of Palestine.     more

STOP VICTIMIZING GEORGIAN TRADE UNIONS
Statement by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
22 February 2005

President of Georgia M. Saakashvili
Copies to:
Prime-Minister of Georgia Z. Nogaideli
Chairperson of Georgia’s Parliament N. Burjanadze
Procurator-General of Georgia Z. Adeishvili

The General Confederation of Trade Unions, organizing over 53 million workers from 11 countries of the CIS, is deeply indignant over the arbitrary acts being committed by Georgia’s authorities against the GCTU member-organization, the Georgian Trade Union Amalgamation (GTUA), and its elected leaders.
      The GCTU voices a strong protest against the insistent attempts to deprive the unions of their legal property, the provocative arrest of a GTUA Vice President, Lasha Chichinadze, and the threats issued against other leaders of the national trade union centre.     more

STATEMENT
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
15 February 2005

The General Confederation of Trade Unions extends its heartfelt greetings to women on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 8 March, and wishes them good health, prosperity for their families, success in their work and the best of luck.
      Women have been playing a significant role in the development of the Newly Independent States. They constitute about half the working population. In the year of the 60th anniversary of our victory in the Second World War, we bow our heads to all the war participants and, certainly, to women participants whose very nature makes them incompatible with warfare. Women’s contribution to upbringing children and care for the aged cannot be overestimated. They exert considerable influence on the development of civil society while promoting deeper understanding of gender equality aspects and their practical realisation.     more

TO THE ICFTU 18th WORLD CONGRESS
2 December 2004

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
     The General Confederation of Trade Unions affiliating trade union centres from 11 countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and 32 industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region extends its fraternal greetings to participants of the 18th World Congress of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.     more

GCTU MOURNS DEATH OF ARAFAT
11 November 2004

On the 11th of November 2004, in connection with the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the General Secretary of the GCTU Vladimir Scherbakov sent his counterpart in the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (ICATU), Hacene Djemam, a message that says:     more

GCTU CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON UNIONS
9 November 2004

At its session 3 November 2004, the Council of the General Confederation of Trade Unions expressed its indignation over the continued encroachment by Georgia’s state authorities on the legitimate property of the Georgian Trade Union Amalgamation (GTUA) and over the illegal action undertaken against GTUA President Irakly Tugushi.
    The Council also condemned the incessant interference by the Government in the internal affairs of the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Moldova and their attempts to weaken and split the Confederation’s ranks.
     The General Confederation of Trade Unions drew the attention of the governments of Georgia and Moldova to the inadmissibility of such actions that are contrary to the universally accepted norms and ILO conventions, and demanded an immediate stop to activity undermining the trade union movement in the two countries.

AZERBAIJAN JOINS GCTU
Information on GCTU Council Session
9 November 2004

The Azerbaijan Trade Union Confederation affiliating 25 industrial trade unions with a total membership of 1,338 thousand workers has been admitted to the General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU.     more

RECOMMENDATIONS
by the seminar on the problems of labour migration in the CIS and protection of migrant workers’ rights held by the General Confederation of Trade Unions in Moscow,
2 November 2004

Migration of the population is part of the globalisation process. The ILO estimates that, as a result of the growing mobility of people, the overall volume of migration in the world totals 174.9 million people, with 86.3 million of them being migrant workers. Women account for almost half the number of migrants.     more

STATEMENT
BY THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
ON THE TERRORIST ACTS IN RUSSIA
6 September 2004

On behalf of its affiliates, the General Confederation of Trade Unions expresses its indignation at the wave of unprecedented cruel acts of terror committed recently against peaceful population in Russia.     more

GCTU Protests Over Unlawful Attacks
Against Georgian Trade Union Leader
9 August 2004

Mr. Mikhail Saakashvili President of Georgia
Cc.: Ms Nino Burdjanadze Chairperson of Parliament
Mr. Zurab Zhvania Prime-Minister of Georgia
Mr. Zurab Adeishvili General Procurator of Georgia

Dear Mr President,
     The General Confederation of Trade Unions has learnt that Irakli Tugushi, President of our member-organisation in Georgia, the Georgian Trade Union Amalgamation (GTUA), has been subjected to unlawful and dangerous actions. The leader of the national trade union centre affiliating the majority of the country’s workers was seized in the street and forwarded by force to the General Procurator’s Office where he was given a notice advising him that criminal proceedings had been instituted against him on the basis of alleged facts of misuse of trade union property.     more

GCTU ASSOCIATES ITSELF WITH THE COMPLAINT PRESENTED BY THE CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
20 May 2004

Mr. Juan SOMAVIA
Director-General, ILO
Geneva, Switzerland

Mr. Director-General,
     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.     click here for full text

GCTU URGES IPA TO GET ILO STANDARDS RATIFIED
20 May 2004

The General Confederation of Trade Unions called on the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (IPA) of the Commonwealth of Independent States to promote a rapid ratification by the CIS countries of another series of key ILO conventions the unions believe important. In a letter to Chairman of the IPA Council Sergey Mironov, GCTU President Mikhail Shmakov and General Secretary Vladimir Scherbakov stressed the ratification was “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”.     click here for full text

MAY DAY-2004 MESSAGE BY GCTU
27 April 2004

Trade unions in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States will observe the Day of International Workers’ Solidarity on 1 May 2004 by consolidating their ranks and organising actions in defence of working people’s rights and interests.
     The unions note that the ongoing political and economic processes in the CIS countries have not led to any substantial positive changes in workers’ lives. The work remuneration rates of most employees remain low, the unemployment is high, while the social guarantees have grown feebler.     more

GCTU Sends Solidarity Message to Pyongyang
26 April 2004

On the 26th of April 2004, Vladimir Scherbakov, General Secretary of the General Confederation of Trade Unions sent a message of solidarity to Bro Ryom Sun Gil, President of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea (GFTUK) in Pyongyang.     more

Participants in the annual STUC Congress
Glasgow, Scotland

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
      Speaking for its affiliates in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the General Confederation of Trade Union, GCTU, extends its warm fraternal greetings to participants in the annual Scottish Trades Union Congress.
     Today, as ever before, the STUC is in the forefront of the struggle waged by trade unions for the vital interests of their members, while remaining true to its rich traditions and the time-tested principles of worker solidarity.     more

STOP ANTIDEMOCRATIC BILL IN RUSSIA
Statement by GCTU
Moscow, 14 April 2004

The General Confederation of Trade Unions is deeply concerned over the reported elaboration by the State Duma of the Federal Law "On assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, marches, and picketing".
      The draft law, as approved at the first reading, encroaches on citizens' constitutional rights, primarily on the right of free and public expression of opinions.     more

GCTU Extraordinary Congress Convened
in Moscow 26 March 2004

The 5th (Extraordinary) Congress of the General Confederation of Trade Unions was held in Moscow 26 March 2004.
    The GCTU currently affiliates 10 national trade union centres and 38 industrial Trade Union Internationals in CIS countries, with a total membership of about 75 million workers.
    The decision to call the extraordinary congress was taken by the GCTU Executive Committee at its session last December. It was prompted by the drastic changes that had recently occurred both in the CIS region and in the rest of the world, which requires a quick and efficient response from the trade unions, adjustment of their tasks and goals, renewal of their work methods, and a certain modification in the structure of the Confederation’s governing bodies.     more

DECLARATION
by the 5th (Extraordinary) Congress of the
General Confederation of Trade Unions
Moscow, 26 March 2004

Proceeding from the basic principles the General Confederation of Trade Unions adheres in its activity, i.e. the independence of trade unions, the protection of union rights and democratic freedoms, the autonomy, equality of rights and responsibilities, solidarity and mutual aid of its affiliates, the willingness to maintain relations with other trade union organisations, and the strive for stronger unity of the world trade union movement based on mutual respect and fair cooperation of all its stakeholders;     more

STATEMENT
BY THE 5TH (EXTRAORDINARY) CONGRESS
OF THE GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
Moscow, 26 March 2004
Concerning the infringement on trade union rights and interference by state authorities of the Republic of Moldova in the activity of trade unions affiliated to the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Moldova

The General Confederation of Trade Unions affiliating national trade union centres in 10 CIS countries and 38 industrial trade union internationals reiterates its consistent adherence to the principles of independence of the trade union movement and rejects any form of interference in the internal affairs of trade unions.     more

Participants in the 32nd Congress
of the Greek General Confederation of Labour
Athenes, 17 March 2004

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
    On behalf of its member organizations in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, extends its warm fraternal greetings to participants in the 32nd Congress of the Greek General Confederation of Labour, GSEE.     more

Participants in the 24th Congress
of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour
Nicosia, Cyprus, March 2004

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
    On behalf of its member organisations in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, extends its fraternal greetings to participants in the 24th Congress of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour.     more

GCTU MESSAGE
in connection with the International Women's Day
8 March 2004

The General Confederation of Trade Unions congratulates all women in the CIS countries on the International Women's Day observed on the 8th of March.
      On this day, proclaimed as a day of struggle for women's political and socio-economic equality, we pay special tribute to the working women. We duly appreciate the tremendous burden they have to shoulder as they earn their living, make a significant contribution to societal development, and bring up their children.     more

PARTICIPANTS IN THE 3rd TRADE UNION FORUM
Mumbai, India
Moscow, 15 January 2004

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
      The General Confederation of Trade Unions, GCTU, affiliating national trade union centres in the Commonwealth of Independent States and 37 Trade Union Internationals of the region extends its fraternal greetings and wishes of success to all participants in the 3rd Trade Union Forum.     more

5th (EXTRAORDINARY) GCTU CONGRESS TO BE HELD
IN MOSCOW 26 MARCH 2004
GCTU Executive Meets in Moscow

A session of the GCTU Executive Committee took place in Moscow 4 December 2003.     more

GCTU Mourns Over Death of Pekka Aro
9 April 2003

The GCTU sent a message of sympathy to the ILO and SAK of Finland morning over the tragic death of Bro Pekka Aro who passed away of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) while on his mission to Beijing. more

General Federation of Trade Unions
Baghdad, Iraq
4 April 2003

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
    We, the members of the Executive Committee of the General Confederation of Trade Unions representing national trade unions centres and industrial trade union internationals in the Commonwealth of Independent States, having gathered for an Executive meeting in Moscow, reiterate our full solidarity with the people and workers of Iraq who have been subjected to an act of unprovoked aggression by the USA, Great Britain and their close accomplices.     more

STOP THE WAR IN IRAQ IMMEDIATELY!
Statement by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
20 March 2003

The General Confederation of Trade Unions affiliating national trade union centres in CIS countries and 38 industrial Trade Union Internationals is deeply resentful at the news that the United States, Britain and their accomplices have begun military operations against Iraq.     more

STATEMENT
by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
on the International Women’s Day
3 March 2003

The International Women’s Day is marked on 8 March by the decision of the United Nations as a day of struggle for women’s legal and socio-economic equality.
    Today the CIS countries are carrying out programmes aiming to promote the status of women in the political and economic spheres. Measures are being taken to prevent sex discrimination in employment. Dismissal of pregnant women has been banned. Other steps are also being undertaken to secure gender equality in line with relevant UN and ILO documents.     more

STATEMENT
by the General Confederation of Trade Unions concerning
the threat of military aggression against Iraq
Moscow, 24 January 2003

The General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating trade union centres in CIS countries and industrial Trade Union Internationals of the region expresses its great alarm at the bellicose statements and active war preparations by the United States, Britain and some of their NATO allies for aggression against the Republic of Iraq.     more

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SECOND WORLD TRADE UNION FORUM: "TRADE UNION MOVEMENT
AT THE HEART OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY"
PORTO ALEGRE, 22-23 JANUARY 2003

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
     The General Confederation of Trade Unions (GCTU) affiliating national trade union centres in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and 38 industrial trade union internationals of the region extends its heartfelt greetings to all participants in the Forum and wishes them successful work.     more