Mahiliou Leninski Borough Court Refuses to Rehabilitate Trade Union Activist at Work
According to RFE/RL
Mahiliou Leninski Borough Court didn’t satisfy the suit for rehabilitation at work, filed by Iury Darashenka, former worker of Mahiliou metallurgical plant, chair of a unit of the independent trade union of radio-electronic industry.
The plaintiff was fired in the end of August for “truancy and systematic non-execution of the working duties”. He didn’t take the blame, said he was fired for trade-union activity and had the medical certificate proving he was ill the days he didn’t come to work. It’s worth mentioning that during his chairmanship the number of the members of his unit doubled.
In summer he also accused the plant director Lieanid Markau in misuse of office and expressed his opinion in the informational edition Express-info and application to Piatro Miklashevich, Procurator General of the Republic of Belarus.
However, the court ignored the plaintiff’s arguments and decided the case in favor of the defendant. According to the judge, the suit couldn’t be satisfied because the plaintiff applied for rehabilitation at work later than a month since his firing. The defense lawyers of the trade-union state they would defend the interests of the activist and complain against the decision of the district court.