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Medvedev to attend ceremony to sign agreement among trade unions, employers and government

December 25, 2013, 10:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Eleven General Agreements were concluded from 1992 to 2013

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MOSCOW, December 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will attend a ceremony marking the signing of a 2014-2016 General Agreement among all-Russia trade union associations, all-Russia associations of employers, and the Russian government on Wednesday, the Cabinet press service reported.

"The Agreement establishes common principles for the regulation of social and labor relations and economic ones connected with them at Federal level, as well as joint actions by the sides to implement them," a press service official explained.

Vice-Premier Olga Golodets, Maxim Topilin, Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Mikhail Shmakov, Chairman of the Federation of the Independent Trade Unions of Russia, and Alexander Shokhin, president of the all-Russia association of employers "Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs", will take part in the ceremony.

Eleven General Agreements were concluded from 1992 to 2013.

The present Agreement, a 12th one, consists of seven sections dealing with the following themes: "Economic Policy", "Wages, Incomes, and Living Standards of the Population", "The Development of the Market of Labor and Promotion of People's Employment", "Social Insurance, Social Protection, and Development of the Social Welfare Sector", "Conditions for and Protection of Labor, Industrial and Environmental Safety'', "Socio-Economic Problems of the Development of Russia's Regions, Including Far North Areas and Localities Equated to Them", and "The Development of Social Partnership and Coordination of the Actions of the Parties to the Agreement".

The Agreement's priority goals are to create conditions promoting the formation of a structurally developed and competitive economy, serving the needs of the country and the population on the basis of jobs enabling workers effectively to use material and human resources, as well as ensuring higher living standards of the citizens resultant primarily of a cardinal rise in the efficiency of state management and social responsibility of economic entities, and the introduction of the principles of labor on the strength of the approaches developed by the International Labor Organization.

Provision is made for promoting wage hikes for the workers of the budget-supported sector, and for consultations about matters concerning a stage-by-stage increase in the minimum remuneration of labor in 2014-2016.

The Agreement includes "a new point about the consideration of matters regarding a differentiation and transparency of wages and salaries of various categories of workers, including administrative and managerial personnel in state-run corporations and enterprises with a predominant State participation and contribution to the widening of the practice of revelation of information on the wages and salaries of the workers of various categories of workers in the private sector of the economy".

Measures have been planned to broaden the coverage of various categories of employed citizens with compulsory social insurance.

In the field of the provision of pensions, the Agreement envisages the elaboration of matters concerning the functioning of compulsory pension insurance and other types of compulsory social insurance based on common principles with the use of a common informational foundation; the formation of mechanisms ensuring guarantees of the preservation of pension accruals.

In the field of labor protection, matters aimed at improving the legal regulatory framework must be regulated for the purpose of raising the effectiveness of the system of appraisal of working conditions and an improvement of the workers' health.

In the field of regional development, it is supposed to work out matters aimed at balancing the budgets of the constituent entities (regions) of the Russian Federation; the development of their social welfare sector, and an increase in the quality of basic social services, the implementation of social guarantees.

Provision is also made to promote a stable development of single-industry cities and single-specialization populated areas.

Specific areas have been determined to develop social partnership, including a settlement of collective labor disputes, to counteract offences in the field of labor relations, and to broaden the practice of creating permanently functioning courts for the arbitration of labor disputes.

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