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Trade-union committee

During the Soviet era.

 

Until the early 1980s. trade union organization in the port of Odesa was officially called Portkomflot (Port Committee of the fleet) and was the part of the structure of the most powerful trade union of the South of Ukraine - Black Sea Shipping Company of the Baskomfleet.

 

Its main function - protecting the interests of working people - carried out by Portkomflot with the help of exempted workers - local committee chairmen, and also of standing committees in the areas of : housing, labor dispute, organization of socialist competition, crime prevention, cultural work, etc.

 

From 1966 to 1976 Vasily Fomin was the chaiman of the commettee. Born in a poor peasant family, Fomin at the age of 13 started his career as a sailor on a ship sailing the Volga-Caspian state fish trest and worked his way up to the captain on board the Odesa port fleet. An experienced manager, a man of high moral and professional qualities, Basil Erofeevich enjoyed great prestige in the enterprise. On his initiative, the port was opened a sanatorium, recreation center, landscaped and expanded summer camp. In 1986-87. Basil Erofeevich (occupying the post of Chief of Staff port) actively participated in the translation to the new system OMTP organization management and payroll, on-site supervised the construction of several apartment buildings in Kiev region for the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Over the many years of hard work, significant personal contribution to the development of maritime transport V.Fomin award-winning Soviet Trade Unions and MMF became the pensioner of USSR.

 

Since the beginning of economic and political reforms in the Soviet Union entered into history as the "Gorbachev's perestroika," the role of trade unions in the labor collectives of life increased significantly.

 

From 1983 to 1989. trade union organization was headed by Vasily Shchurov OMTP. With his active participation in the port have been implemented significant initiatives for the community. In this series, it is worth mentioning the organization of the night to dock power, measures to improve working and living conditions of port, the improvement of wages.

 

A significant milestone in the history of the team was building in the 1980s. 167-apartment building for workers OMTP economic way. Great effort to achieve cost in Kiev building permit so-called "Gorky's method" (with the labor participation of future tenants), to amend the Collective agreement, knock limits of construction materials, and, finally, the very well-organized construction. The lion's share of the credit that the project was successfully implemented, belonged to the chief port of Odesa Pavlyuk Nicholas, chairman of the trade union committee and the chairman Basil Shchurov community of developers, Leonid Sychev.

 

An important role in the activities of labor unions in the last decades of the Soviet era in cultural-mass work.

 

Portklub OMTP in 1960-80s. became a hotbed of creative self-realization of young workers on a regional scale. At his stage the first steps to the professional stage did M.Zhvanetsky satirist, parodist I.Ilchenko, singer Valery Obodzinsky, dancers Sergey and Anna Marich, etc.

 

Widespread popularity in the city and the area gained the port of propaganda team performances (artistic hands. Jan Gelman), and modern dance ensemble, formed from former athletes, gymnasts (artistic hands. Svetlana Andrukhovych). Aerobatics in the youth of Odesa was considered the evening to get the day off on the first-ever in the Soviet Union acting disco, which also lived in a two-story building on the descent Swallow. Hallmark holiday concerts were portkluba and theme nights, skits, confined to the significant dates or events in the life of the collective port.

 

All of the above made possible by the organizational talent and tireless director Valery Pavlovich portkluba Sharonov.

 

As described by the age of sports-mass work in the enterprises played a role as an important tool for increasing productivity and strengthening of labor discipline. This is evidenced by at least the fact that almost half of full-time employees portkomflota OMTP in 1970-80-ies. worked as an instructor of physical education.

 

The most prominent representative of the galaxy of sports organizers OMTP is a master of sports of the USSR George Kunda. Not pursuing for personal records, G.Kunda many years has devoted the development of mass physical culture on water transport - participated in the organization of Olympic games and championships CA DSO "Vodnik", led by a sports club "dockers", developed sporting facilities in the port of Odesa. By the way, G.Kunda - the only Ukrainian gymnastics instructor, who was awarded the Order of the State ("Honor") for the introduction of professional-applied physical training in the training of dockers-machine operators.

 

Trade union port in the 1990 - 2000s. 

 

After the collapse of the USSR, when the economy of majority post-Soviet states worried deep crisis, the administration headed by OMTP N.Pavlyukom able to quickly, almost a year and a half to translate economic activity on a market-based organization. Thus, from the team was assigned to the threat of loss of jobs, salaries and social programs.

 

The first joint activity of the enterprise (CAP) in the port of Odesa appeared in 1993 was preceded by a truly tremendous job of administration and the union on the legal protection of interests of port in the transition to private stevedoring structure, an unprecedented campaign to explain to ordinary workers berths vital need to implement a new model of the port.

 

Trade unionists were on the piers in the tally in the cabins, where dockworkers explained that the transition to the private companies are not umbilical cord detached from the company - none of them will be dismissed, and in the new Collective agreement will be spelled out all the basic social guarantees: salary not less than at the port, maintaining a continuous length of service, etc. The form of the collective agreement for the PDS model has been developed by lawyers and trade union committee the port.

 

Discussions on the subject to pass or not pass into the CAP have been stormy. And we must pay tribute to the chairman of the trade union committee of the port Yury Pogorelov (OMTP union headed from 1989 to 2005), Vice-President S.Selantevu who themselves sought to thoroughly understand the legal aspects of relations between labor and business groups, employers and explain it to others.

 

Development and harmonization of regulations that guarantee the rights of labor collectives in the new environment, engaged in profgrupporgi, heads of production units, foremen line crews. Most of this work showed I.Matyuhin, E.Yakubovskaya (AUC-6), N.Polovnyuk (PPK-1), P. Laptev, M.Hrapko, V.Topor (PEP-2), V.Barschevsky (PEP- 4) G.Alenik, I.Sokovnin (PEP-3), N.Tymun (PEP-8), V.Moschenko, A.Gutsol (SAC-5), etc.

 

A kind of examination on the ability to protect the human rights of labor under capitalism, the union handed over OCSP in 2006-2008.

 

By this time, the primary trade union organization SE "OMTP" headed by its current chairman, Vladimir Zaikov. It fell to his share of the school organizing rallies and other protest actions, the establishment of interaction with the media, civil society organizations, political parties and other allies of port workers in the preservation of the social gains of the port.

 

When in March 2006 the Odesa City Council has blocked the development of the investment program of the State Enterprise "OMTP" ("Concept 2010"), to the forefront of the struggle for the implementation of vital projects for the community there are new people: deputy. Chairman of the Trade Union N.Nikolaev (organizing meetings under the walls of the Regional Court of Appeal, protests in Kiev), chairman of the trade union FAB A.Kovalchuk (speaking at rallies and all the staff at a meeting with members of City Council OMTP), a spokesman for the chief port E.Giryaeva ( organization of public opinion in support of port).

 

The year 2006 was marked by a number of attempts at hostile takeovers of the largest ports of Ukraine. In the port of Odesa in February 2007 the then leadership of the Ministry of Transport, following the lead of some of the financial-industrial groups, has tried to shift the head of the port N.Pavlyuka. Team headed by unions rose to defend the leader, who had already more than twenty years he was the guarantor of stability and development company. At the crucial moment, next to the chairman of the Port trade union trade union leaders were V.Zaykovym stevedoring companies N.Polovnyuk, V.Topor, I.Sokovnin, V.Moschenko etc. "Seven Days War" Odesa port workers against bureaucratic tyranny success. Mintrassvyazi illegal order was canceled. Along with the trade union leadership port showed civil courage ordinary union members.

 

In 2007 with the accession to the port Shipyard "Ukraine" as a separate division in the trade union OMTP includes former members of the union of the plant. The trade union committee and took on the care of veterans-repairers.

 

Strengthening the unity of the team as the most effective tool attempts to confront the collapse of the company, the union initiated the creation of OMTP series of public associations, such as the youth organization of the Odesa port (MOOP), the Union soldiers-internationalists, "Fighting brotherhood" organization "Women for the future of the company."

 

When in 2008 the draft Master Plan of Odesa has been included on the removal of cargo berths for the hell of urban development, as a united front against the highly damaging to the idea of ​​Odesa were the administration of the State Enterprise "OMTP", trade unions and youth enterprise. By the autumn of that year plans, which were against the dockers were removed from the agenda.

 

Also in 2008, and in 2009 the trade union committee of SE "OMTP" decisively, effectively and competently defended the interests of the workforce in a growing global economic crisis, recognizing the enormous responsibility to preserve the glorious traditions of the Odesa port.

 

Modernity.

 

In a situation of economic crisis (starting with the fall of 2008) the trade union committee of Odesa port solves the problems of preserving social gains of the workforce, ensuring safe working conditions and health of port workers, the full support of veterans and the disabled.

 

Some decrease in the volume of cargo processed at the berths, led to a reduction of budget revenues and port, respectively, reducing the financial resources to implement these programs.

 

However, thanks to the mobilization of funds from other budget items of the trade union, as well as by the administration of the State Enterprise "OMTP" trade union committee managed to maintain the basic benefits package of port at the proper level. This is especially true of health programs. Operates and provides all the necessary health care part of the port, which turns out to be therapeutic, surgical and other aid workers ports, stevedoring companies and unemployed veterans. Maintained a program of health insurance of employees of SE "OMTP" program "ER." Basic and Clinical Center for the dockers is 411th Military Hospital.

 

Faced with the problems of allocation of permits for recreational and spa treatment by the State Social Insurance Fund, the union entered into direct contracts with several health resorts Carpathians, in particular with the sanatorium "Smerichka", so port workers receive vouchers at below market prices.

 

Continue one-time payment of port financial assistance from the fund chief port on the proposal of the trade union committee in the cases stipulated by collective agreement (mostly to pay for expensive medicines, operations and partly pay for treatment). Decisions on joint management and trade union, workers, whose experience is more than 3 years from the profits of the port stand-interest loans return to improve their living conditions, medical treatment, tuition, etc.

 

The trade union committee in charge of the port of mass cultural and sports activities in the enterprise. In its financing (fully on the basis of equity) are held obscheportovye celebrations and public events to mark the anniversary of the Great Victory Day, the Navy of Ukraine, Odesa Port Foundation Day, New Year. Allocated funds for sports competitions, sports days and holidays. It turns out charitable assistance to orphanages, boarding schools, the disabled and other vulnerable categories of citizens.

 

Running the program "Care" for the social protection of veterans of the company. Veterans of the port and shipyard, a "Ukraine" receive monthly financial assistance is allocated matpomosch Victory Day, the Day of an elderly person, as well as the individual claims for payment for drugs and treatment in hospitals of the city.

 

In general, despite the crisis, which is now experiencing the whole country and the enterprise of the maritime industry in particular, the administration and the trade union committee of Odesa port manages to keep a high level of social guarantees for port workers and execute all items of the Collective Agreement for the establishment of safe working conditions, the timely payment of wages, vacation time, hospitals, health care workers and veterans of the port, the organization of rehabilitation and sanatorium treatment, the interest-free repayable loans and so on.

 

The ASEAN topical issue - the preservation of social achievements of workers in the upcoming reform of the enterprises of the maritime industry and labor law as such. The adoption of the new edition of the "Law on Ports in Ukraine" and the new Labour Code, in the form as set out in the projects will inevitably lead to infringement of the rights of wage workers and the curtailment of social programs in the workplace. The trade union committee of Odesa port, together with the trade unions of other Ukrainian ports, making every effort to make adjustments to these regulations.