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21 October 2020, 18:14

Opinion: All Belarusians should get involved in constitutional reform

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MINSK, 21 October (BelTA) – People from absolutely all walks of life should get involved in drafting a new version of the Constitution, Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Association of Trade Unions Viktor Malinovsky said at a dialogue platform to discuss legislation in Minsk on 21 October, BelTA has learned.

Taking part in the meeting were MPs, heads of 15 regional organizations of sectoral trade unions and representatives of large grassroots trade unions, as well as youth activists of Minsk Oblast. They reviewed the proposed constitutional amendments in the field of labor and social security, as well as social partnership in the country. The participants of the meeting discussed ways to improve laws on local government and self-governance, the youth policy, social matters and economy.

“Amendments to the Constitution is an important step. I would like our democratic welfare state to keep going in the same direction and to deliver even better services to the residents of the country. With this in mind, we invited experts. After hearing out their reports and analyzing the relevance of the proposals, we will draw conclusions that members of trade unions will discuss and fine-tune at local dialogue platforms,” Viktor Malinovsky said talking about the plans of the trade union.

He stressed that the goal of the federation is to inform people in the regions about the proposed amendments to the Constitution, to get their feedback and to make adjustments if needed. “Our dialogue platform differs in that it covers people from different walks of life: today the trade union encompasses 3,824 organizations and 501,000 members of the federation. These are many people representing various age groups, professions and views. These people want to be heard and have the right for that,” the chairman of the regional association of trade unions said.

Starting from 22 October, such trade union meetings will be held all over Minsk Oblast. All ideas, proposals and recommendations will be systematized, analyzed and submitted to the organizing committee of the All-Belarus People's Congress, where the country's main priorities for the next five years will be determined.

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