Social protection of women – one of the priorities of the trade union movement of Uzbekistan

Years of independence were a period of prosperity in the lives of women of Uzbekistan. It is a time of important changes, which enhanced their social and political activity, the role and status in solving problems of social and state construction.

One of the priorities of the state policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan is a social, economic and legal protection of women, creation of decent conditions to improve their all-round well-being.

In this process, also actively participate trade unions of the country. In particular, the Council of Federation of Trade Unions conducted systematic work to ensure socio-economic interests and labor rights of women. For this purpose, at Federation of Trade Unions established a Council of women, and at sectoral and regional trade union organizations commissions on women are functioning. They carry out systematic measures to strengthen social protection of women workers. In particular, through collective contracts and agreements additional benefits and guarantees created for them.

It is noteworthy that today in collective contracts and agreements included special sections containing systemic measures to improve the quality and efficiency of social protection of the beautiful half. In particular, through the data provided by local acts maximum employment, increase of working women’s income, undergo the promotion of employment of graduates of professional colleges and universities.

In providing employment for women special focus drawn on home work. At the expense of trade union funds new jobs for women are created. For example, in 2014 the Council of Federation of Trade Unions created about 100 new jobs for women in Navoi, Surkhandarya and Khorezm regions. The newly created jobs are being under social control to create safe and comfortable labor environment.

On the side of trade unions the scope of free legal advice broadens, especially for women entrepreneurs, who begin their work in the small business and private entrepreneurship. Also provided legal assistance to women through the “Hotline” unions.

In addition, at the enterprises and organizations young mothers with children aged 2 to 3 years through collective agreements provided with financial support. For working mothers in the non-state sector enterprises established working hours not exceeding 35 hours per week, keeping on full pay. Workers who have a child under the age of 2 years, use nursing breaks, these breaks are included in working hours, and paid at the average monthly wage.

Unions introduced a system of continuous encouragement of the most active women. For example, in 2014 the Council of Federation of Trade Unions awarded 1960 women with electrical appliances for 1 billion 500 thousand soums. In sanatorias of trade unions, a lot of attention paid to the health of women, especially in rural areas. Year after year the number of social vouchers, aimed at improving women of childbearing age and women veterans.

It is noteworthy that all this work conducted in the social partnership between the state, trade unions and employers.


Press Service of the Council

of Federation of Trade Unions