Yara issues statement on the situation in Belarus

11:34 AM | January 22, 2021 | Daniel Marshall

Following a series of meetings between Yara and its Belarussian business partners over the past months, according to a press release issued by Yara on 21 January, Belaruskali “has announced steps to improve the situation for and relations with its workforce, including reintroducing allowance and bonus schemes for workers who had previously been subject to disciplinary penalties, and offering to re-employ terminated workers.” Yara said the company also declared its readiness to cooperate on industrial health & safety improvements. 

“Yara sees these steps as positive, but will continue to monitor the situation closely and expects Belaruskali to further improve the situation for its workforce, respect workers’ rights, enhance occupational health and safety, and refrain from repression of employees,” the release read. “Yara continues to engage with a number of stakeholders inside and outside Belarus, including the leader of the Belarusian democratic opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, to evaluate how it can have the most positive impact. Yara’s main concern remains the health, safety and well-being of Belaruskali workers.”

Over the past months, Yara has sought positive change through a close and regular dialogue with the management of BPC and Belaruskali, including physical visits to Belarus in September and December. “Our approach of seeking influence through continued presence is supported by the Belarus Independent Trade Union (BITU) & The Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) and IndustriALL as well as the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and Industri Energi.”