Mar. 28, 2019 The government has confirmed that around two million employees of federal government and related agencies will get a 4.3% pay rise in October. The increase corresponds to the level of inflation in December 2018, however prices have already edged up in 2019 with the inflation rate at 5.0% in January and 5.2% in February.
Oct. 26, 2018 At a meeting on 22 October the health workers' union confirmed its opposition to the government's pensions reforms and said it would fight to restore the right to early retirement for health workers. The reforms, including raising the pension age to 65, have met with widespread opposition across the trade union movement not just over the measures themselves but also the way the government introduced them with little or no consultation. The law takes effect from 1 January 2019 and the health workers' union is considering legal action to challenge the changes to early retirement rights.
Oct. 10, 2018 Earlier this month parliament approved government plans to gradually increase pension ages by five years starting from next year. The change has been widely rejected by trade unions with public service workers joining recent demonstrations to show their opposition. The issue was discussed at last month's meeting of EPSU's constituency covering Russian and Central Asia which agreed a statement expressing concern not just about the impact of the change but also about the failure of the government to carry out a proper consultation with trade unions.
Sep. 19, 2018
Pension reform, low wages, concerns of young workers and more addressed in the Russia-Central Asia Constituency meeting
The unions of the constituency met in a situation of much turmoil in Russia. Protests have taken place across the country against proposed reforms of the pension system.
Apr. 09, 2018
Meeting the EPSU Russian affiliates, and together reflecting on the tensions between the EU, US and Russia, the EPSU General Secretary stressed the importance of focusing on our common issues and interests as workers and trade unions, 4 April Moscow.
Mar. 20, 2018 The health workers' union reports on official data for average wages in the health sector showing an overall average of 32815 rubles (EUR 463) a month in 2017, up by 5.9% from 2016. Doctors' pay averaged 56448 rubles (EUR 796) up 11.4% on 2016 while medical personnel saw their average pay increase by 7.4% to 30246 rubles (EUR 426). Average pay for junior medical staff was 21413 rubles (EUR 302), 16.1% higher than in 2016. Inflation during 2017 fell from 5% in January to 2% by the end of the year. Overall average wages across Russia were around 40000 rubles a month (EUR 564).
Jan. 25, 2018 The International Trade Union Confederation, along with the KTR and FNPR national confederations, has denounced the decision of a St Petersburg court to dissolve the Interregional Trade Union Workers’ Association (ITUWA) on the grounds that it engaged in political activities.The ITUWA had supported truck drivers protesting against tax increases, and criticised the government’s socio-economic policies on its website.The ITUC said that this is a clear violation of freedom of association, guaranteed under ILO Convention 87, which Russia has ratified. The Confederation called on the Russian authorities to fulfil their responsibilities to protect this fundamental right, and to ensure that the deplorable decision is reversed.
Sep. 14, 2017 The health workers' union has called for increased funding for the sector to deal with the major problem of healthworkers' pay. The union reports that an analysis of wage developments in the first half of 2017 found that average pay for doctors and other medical staff actually fell in seven Russian regions while in contrast wages in industry increased. The wide range of salaries across the country is exacerbating staff shortages and the union highlights the fact that in many institutions the pay bill is the first to be cut in order to fund other areas of health spending.
Apr. 04, 2017
It is with solidarity that we react to acts of terror says EPSU following the terror attack in the St. Petersburg metro. The bomb blast killed 14 people and left 50 injured on that metro ride between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Teknologocheskii Institut stations on 3 April.
Mar. 03, 2017
Economic situation and workers’ rights, organizing, privatization, PSI Congress top agenda in Russia-Central Asia constituency
Outsourcing of laundry services in hospitals, the establishment of private clinics and how to represent and defend workers were some of the developments that confront the Kyrgyz and Tajik health unions.
Feb. 19, 2016 The HWURF health workers' union has written an open letter expressing its grave concerns about the state of the health service. The letter was sent to the President, Prime Minister and the speakers of both chambers of the National Assembly. The union argues that funding for the service is critically low, threatening the quality of care. There is no provision for pay increases for 2016 and health workers across the country are seeing average pay fall as the prices of goods and services rise. With a recruitment shortage workers in the sector are having to work 50% or 100% more to try to maintain services while inspections of working conditions are failing to report fully on the deteriorating situation in many institutions. Read more at > HWURF (RU)
Mar. 20, 2013 On March 18 the All Russian Electrounion signed a new sector agreement for the period 2013-2015. This comes at the end of a lengthy campaign with the union determined to secure an increase in minimum rates after three years without a pay rise. The minimum monthly wage rate of first-grade workers in electrical power organizations should reach 9000 Rubles by 2015. Both EPSU and PSI sent messages of support during the union's campaign.Read more at > EPSU