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Meeting of Coordinating Council of Human Rights Commissioners in UFO

15 June 2018
Meeting of Coordinating Council of Human Rights Commissioners in UFO

On June 15, in Yekaterinburg Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova together with Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yuri Ponomarev participated in the Coordinating Council of the Commissioners for Human Rights of the Urals Federal District dedicated to protecting the rights of citizens to timely and full payment of wages.

"In total, in 2017, I received 1376 applications related to labour rights issues, every tenth of which was on behalf of labour collectives. In the general structure of appeals, the subject of wages does not seem to rank high (about 3.5 percent). But given the social response, the issues of labour rights protection are at one of the first places among the priorities of the High Commissioner and her Office.

And this is understandable. According to the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), the number of officially working citizens in Russia is 76.4 million, which determines the importance of ensuring the right to work for the majority of citizens of the Russian Federation.

The appeals concern various problems — the right to fair and equal pay for equal work, illegal dismissals from work, working conditions, protection from unemployment, etc.

The complaints about fair payment for work without any discrimination and not lower than the minimum wage, on non-payment of wages, on long delays in payment of wages, on bringing people to work on rest days, bank holidays and other non-working days without proper registration and payment, etc. stand out separately in this stream of appeals on labour issues. This is approximately 30 percent of all appeals on this subject.

As a result of consideration of collective and individual complaints in the field of labour relations, the High Commissioner contributed to the protection of labour rights of more than 13,400 citizens.

Having handled 37 complaints, it was possible to eliminate wage arrears for 12,500 workers.

One of the reasons that allows an employer to delay or even not to pay wages is the absence of employment contracts. Regional Commissioners for Human Rights face the same problems. The absence of labour contracts with employees was noted in the reports of 35 Commissioners".

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