29 April 2021: Over 1,200 mine workers at the Kapan mining and processing plant had struck work on 8-9 April 2021 demanding better health and safety provisions at the mines and a long pending wage hike. Workers’ power has led to lead to a wage increase of up to 15 percent, from monthly wage of AMD380.000-410.000 (US$735-795) and medical insurance for all workers.
27 April 2021: Govenrment in nexus with the association of garment manufacturers unleashed brutal police force upon garment workers demanding revision of wages in the capital city of Maseru. Garment workers have been demanding at 20 percent hike in their wages since 2019. Citing COVID-19 triggered lockdown in 2020 employers association had been successful in putting the demand on hold.
8 April 2021: Workers rallied under the banner of joint trade union platform to register their protest against the newly promulgated labour law which aims to crush the independence of trade unions and stifles workers’ right to freedom of association. After President’s assent all unions in the country would fall under the total control of the Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan. All sectoral unions’ chairs will be appointed and dismissed by the FTUK chair, and union charters would be subject to FTUK’s approval. Further workers would be deprived of the possibility to create another union confederation.
6 April 2021: Government has amended the Labour Standards Act allowing companies to retain workers till the age of 70. The amendments are aimed at:
The new law requires both companies and employees or their union to reach a consensus on the chosen option. However, given that the government is also planning to reduce benefits for workers aged 60 to 64 workers will be forced to remain in jobs longer.
1 April 2021: The Ministry for Enterprise and Employment has inked the new code of practice allowing workers right to disconnect from their jobs outside of normal working hours, including not having to respond immediately to emails, telephone calls or other messages. The new code of practice includes: