Employees of Indorama Agro LLC established an independent union - March 19, 2021
Employees of Indorama Agro LLC established an independent union
On March 19, 2021, over 200 employees of Indorama Agro LLC gathered in Sardoba in Syrdarya region to hold a founding meeting to establish an independent trade union.
The employees were forced to hold the meeting outside as they were refused entry to a previously agreed conference room 20 minutes prior to the start of the meeting because of “urgent” repairs. It was agreed that employees could use another room, but the electricity was then unexpectedly cut off for reasons unknown.
The union, "People's Unity", representing more than 500 employees from Akaltyn in Sardoba district, is the first independent, democratically elected trade union in the history of Uzbekistan.
The workers' initiative to form the union was in response to difficult working conditions, low wages, and constant job cuts by Indorama Agro. Many of the employees are former successful farmers whose land was confiscated and transferred to Indorama Agro.