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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.

The PERC representatives were informed of the guidelines for the activity of the GCTU and its place and role in the trade union movement of the Commonwealth of Independent States. John Monks, in his turn, outlined the PERC structure and principles of work, and the ways of implementing ITUC policies in the European Region, particularly in the CIS countries.

The participants also exchanged opinions on the prospects for cooperation between the two organisations. While noting the similarity of approaches to a number of urgent socio-economic problems facing the trade unions in Europe and elsewhere in the world, both parties considered it possible to organise practical cooperation in the four fields: protection of trade union rights and freedoms, the situation of migrant workers, training of trade unionists, and exchange of information and survey findings.