Vmeste

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Date of creation: 27 July, 2007

Aims: To protect the legitimate rights of the union members and their families’ members (self-employed workers).

Short history:
Creation of the Belarusian Trade Union “Vmeste” was the result of the strike movement of individual entrepreneurs (hereinafter IE) in Belarus in 2005- 2006. The union was formed at the request of IE themselves in 2007. The entrepreneurs have realized that the traditional trade unions are not only able to defend the interests of workers, but in fact, sometimes they interfere in the struggle for the economic and social rights of workers. This is because the trade unions have become part of the state machine, and their leaders served and still continue to serve as managers of enterprises and the state agencies.

For the first time in Belarus, IE alone, without the intervention of the administration, began to carry out trade union policy for the protection of their economic and civil rights. In recent years the activists of the trade union “Vmeste” initiated three strikes, not only stopping the operating on the markets of their own cities. The union members have been supported by other individual entrepreneurs from other regions. They, in turn, supported all the protest actions aimed at improving the lives of entrepreneurs and citizens of Belarus.

At present, the trade union organization “Vmeste” unites together more than 700 citizens of the Republic of Belarus, 90% of which are individual entrepreneurs. This is primarily self-employed entrepreneurs, operating in the retail trade and such services like: taxi, sewing, repairing, workers of private cafes and restaurants, farmers.

The union “Vmeste” is constantly working and will continue to work with the authorities and management, taking care of the improvement of economic activity and social security of self-employed, as well as negotiates on the rent issues. And it was the first time, when only trade union “Vmeste” succeeded to conclude a five year contract which stipulates “no increase in rent for the IE”

Members
870
Women Members
661
Young Members
131
Percentage of women
76%
Percentage of young people
15%
Membership to a national trade union center
No
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