MINSK, 28 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed the significance of trade unions in public life as he addressed the 8th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTUB) in Minsk on 28 February, BelTA has learned.
“I have always given you a special role,” the head of state said. He pointed out that work with people in labor collectives has never been easy. “Even less so considering all economic and social challenges. It requires the ability to understand people, negotiating and analytical skills, and forward planning,” the head of state noted.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that the core of the civil society in Belarus consists of councils of deputies, trade unions, public veteran's, women's, and youth organizations, and the Belaya Rus public association. “They are the basis, representing all,” the president noted.
The head of state also touched upon the participation of trade unions in the recent parliamentary elections. He pointed out that the Belarusian parliament represents the society in all its diversity and features all generations.
Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked the trade unions for their support for and participation in important state initiatives, including events dedicated to the Year of Native Land and the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. “Do not forget that the present-day Belarus is a living memorial to that war,” he said.
The president also mentioned that it is important that trade unions work quietly, without attracting special attention. “This is not for hype, but for a noble goal,” the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that activities of trade unions reflect the evolution of the trade union movement. It emerged more than a century ago as the only protector of workers' rights.
“At present, the federation is a powerful institution that not only looks after people at their workplaces, but also solves global problems, including political ones, from restoring the historical memory of our ancestors, educating young generations in the spirit of continuity of traditional values, and paying attention to culture, leisure, and health of the nation to shaping the civil position of the people,” the president added.