MMK Trade Union Meets Orenburg Region Trade Union Federation’s Delegates

29 October 2019 (09:11)

UrBC, Magnitogorsk, October 29, 2019. A group of delegates from Orenburg Region Trade Union Federation paid a visit to Magnitogorsk, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) Information & PR Department reports.

‘The visit was primarily seen as an experience-sharing opportunity. Visitors to the plant learned about MMK trade union’s operation principles and gave talks on how they coordinate trade union member interaction. The delegates took a special interest in the information management mechanisms, organizational structure, and everything that makes a trade union efficient,’ the company says.

Chair of Orenburg Region Trade Union Federation Yaroslav Chirkov said they were particularly interested in building new informational connections. MMK’s experience with digital innovations and MyTradeUnion App could be confidently relied upon there.

According to Chirkov, the use of information systems to connect people and help trade unions perform their primary duty of protecting workers’ rights is among the practices that are currently unique to Russia.

Orenburg delegates also asked about job safety issues and the technical supervision team’s activity. The two-day visit covered a trip to MMK’s production site and the trade union-supported library at Metallurgists’ Culture Palace. They also met Chair of Metallurgical Production Trade Union Sergey Televsky to discuss a number of trade union-specific points, commented on the great workplace organization, and left impressed with the scale of the plant’s production process.

Chair of Russian Mining & Metallurgical Trade Union’s MMK Group Trade Union Boris Semyonov summarized the key challenges that trade unions face:

‘One problem the trade union movement is faced with is that change is hard. Our primary goal, protecting the workers’ rights, remains the same. Yet trade unions have been around for at least 150 years now, so one cannot rely on the old mechanisms for so long. Businesses/employers are also moving forward and reacting to change. So why shouldn’t trade unions follow suit? This is a powerful incentive for the trade unions to evolve as well. The Urals, and not just the mining and metallurgical industry’s trade unions, proved quite progressive in this respect. I know from my visits to Sverdlovsk Region and Orenburg Region that their trade unions are flexible, mobile, and ready for change. I believe our interaction with these trade unions will prove highly efficient,’ Semyonov said.

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