Kazakh company heads failing to take measures against labor conflicts must be brought to justice
Kazakhstan, Astana, April 5 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
Company heads failing to take measures to prevent the labor conflicts should be brought to justice, Kazakh political analyst Nurlan Erimbetov said.
"It is important to prevent conflicts throughout the world as budget money is spent to resolve them and to pay the material and moral damage," Erimbetov told Trend on Thursday. "Unfortunately, we praise the head today because he resolved a labor conflict. But it is necessary to punish him because he did not take any measures to prevent it."
Mass riots hit the Kazakh oil city of Zhanaozen in Mangystau region on Dec.16. According to the Kazakh General Attorney Office, 14 people were killed as a result and over 80 injured. Buildings and cars were burned and the property of individuals and institutions destroyed. The riots were preceded by many months striking launched by employees of
KazMunaiGas national oil company over dissatisfaction with their wages. The trial on 37 persons accused of mass riots began in Aktauon March 27.
"The situation happened in Zhanaozen is only a small sector of the conflict in the country," he said. "People are held hostage by confrontation of state officials, representatives of the oil business, law enforcement bodies and criminal world. People protested on the
square in Zhanaozen was the result of the parties' confrontation."
He said that today it is necessary to talk about the responsibility of the heads of the enterprises, as the country pays much to resolve the conflict in the labor collectives.
"Unfortunately, we sometimes see, as the politicization of the labor collectives is implemented when they become hostage of a dispute between, for example, business structures and the executive body," he said. "People, who have not received an answer to the questions, go and blackmail by strikes. In this respect, one should raise the issue
of social responsibility of those who incite social discord in the labor collectives, as the security of the country is on the agenda.
This question should be put firmly and clearly."