Russian Trade Unions Demand Compulsory Vaccination of Workers

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The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR) have asked the government to introduce compulsory vaccination in Russia.

According to business associations, all adult Russians need to be vaccinated, with the exception of those with contraindications or a high level of antibodies, Kommersant reports.

“RSPP and FNPR appeal to the government of the Russian Federation to make a decision on compulsory vaccination of the entire adult population in accordance with the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor, with the exception of citizens who have contraindications to prophylactic vaccination against COVID-19, and also have the required level of antibodies,” in a letter signed by the president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin and the chairman of the FNPR Mikhail Shmakov, published on the FNPR website.

The authors of the letter explain the need for vaccination by the need to restore the “pre-pandemic level of development of the economy and the labor market.” New cases of infection “reach unprecedented levels” and “require urgent action by the government, employers and workers,” the document says.

The letter notes that a paradoxical situation has developed in the country: Russia was the first to register an effective vaccine, and the level of vaccination of the population is one of the lowest among developed countries.