Belarusian Parliament Adopted Laws to Ratify Two ILO Conventions

On November 27, 2019 the House of Representatives of the Belarusian National Assembly adopted the draft laws “On Ratifying the Safety and Health in Mines Convention (No. 176)” and “On Ratifying the Holidays with Pay Convention (Revised), 1970”.

News | 27 November 2009
The first draft law was adopted with a view to ratifying the Safety and Health in Mines Convention, 1995 (No. 176) which established minimum security standards regarding mine facilities, accidents prevention, mine rescue as well as adequate ventilation and air supply in mines and roadways.

The provisions of Convention No. 176 purport to reduce the risk of emergencies, job-related accidents and occupational diseases, as well as to make arrangements for effective cooperation between social partners to protect the interests of workers employed in mines.

The adoption of the draft law will not entail a need to amend or void the effective regulations (or their building blocks).

The draft law “On Ratifying the Holidays with Pay Convention (Revised), 1970” envisages to ratify ILO Convention No. 132 adopted by the 54th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 24, 1970 and effective on June 30, 1973.

Convention No. 132 established the minimum length of an annual paid holiday after one year of service; minimum period of service entitling to an annual paid holiday; counting the periods of absence for valid reasons such as disease, accident or maternity leave into the length of service; exclusion of public and customary holidays from the annual holiday; payment of the average wage in respect of the full period of holiday; possibility to divide the annual holiday into parts and the procedure to use them; provision of a cash compensation in lieu of the annual holiday.