Cooperation with Trade Unions
Gazprom Neft develops and implements social programmes in active cooperation with trade unions. Trade union organisations represent more than two-thirds of Company employees and participate in resolving professional and social issues, as well as those related to labour rights and employees’ interests.
Gazprom Neft has an interregional trade union organisation that expresses the position of employees with regard to labour relations and the Company’s social and economic strategy. Gazprom Neft has a tradition of holding meetings for the heads of HR departments that are also attended by trade union leaders from the major Gazprom Neft subsidiaries. The participants discuss current issues in all areas of HR management, including the trade unions’ interaction with employees and top managers of the enterprises.
The mutual obligations of the Company and employees in respect of socio-economic issues are reflected in collective agreements. The standard collective agreement defines the responsibilities of the employer and trade union organisations to ensure, monitor, and follow-up the occupational safety and health (OSH) measures and their efficiency. A special section of the agreement focuses on the areas of involvement for occupational safety representatives, members of OSH commissions (committees) and representatives of the relevant elected bodies of the primary trade union organisations in relation to the steps needed to create a safe working environment and prevent occupational injuries and diseases. The standard agreement regulates the balance between the interests of the employer and employees in the event of the Company’s reorganisation or reduction in the workforce and staff cuts. It also specifies At least two months before the start of the relevant activities, and if the decision to reduce the workforce or staff cuts may result in widespread layoffs, at least three months before the start of the relevant activities.the minimum notice time prior to the start of relevant activities for notifying the respective employment agencies and the elected primary trade union organisation representative.
In 2013, as part of implementation of the unified system of social benefits, Company’s trade unions took an active part in the adaptation of the system at enterprises and the obtaining of feedback from employees.
The Company’s trade union organisations engage actively with young employees. Young specialists are involved in addressing issues related to improving working conditions, housing, and public services. Commissions established by trade union committees for working with young employees participate in developing and implementing programmes to help young newcomers adapt to working life and prepare programmes and proposals relating to the young employees’ interests; such initiatives are further taken into account when drafting the relevant sections of the enterprise’s collective agreements.