4.2. Social Partnership
Employer-employee relations in the Gazprom Group are based on social partnership to ensure the best balance of interests for efficient delivery of Gazprom’s objectives subject to the performance of its commitments.
Documents Regulating the Labor Relations in the Gazprom Group
- Labor Code of the Russian Federation
- Labor and employment legislation in the countries where PJSC Gazprom operates
- Industry Agreement for 2020–2022 covering companies involved in oil and gas production and the construction of dedicated facilities;
- General Collective Bargaining Agreement of PJSC Gazprom and its Subsidiaries for 2019–2021
- Collective agreements and other local regulations of the Gazprom Group subsidiarie
Collective Bargaining Agreement
The General Collective Bargaining Agreement of PJSC Gazprom, its Subsidiaries and Entities is signed for a three-year period. It serves as the basis of the social partnership mechanism ensuring the balance of employee and employer interests by setting out their mutual obligations.
The Agreement outlines uniform social obligations for subsidiaries engaged in the production, transportation, processing, storage and sale of gas.
Gazprom Workers’ Union
The Gazprom Group recognizes the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining provided for by the UN, the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Law No. 10-FZ dated January 12, 1996 On Trade Unions, their Rights and Guarantees of their Activities.
The interests of employees are represented by the Gazprom Workers’ Union Interregional Organization and its member organizations. Gazprom Workers’ Union is one of Russia’s largest industrial trade unions bringing together over 364,000 members.
Gazprom Workers’ Union Activities in 2021
Following collective bargaining negotiations, the parties to the social partnership agreed to extend the term of the General Collective Bargaining Agreement for the period from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024Supplementary Agreement No. 15 to the General Collective Bargaining Agreement dated July, 6 2021.. In 2021, 100% of employees of PJSC Gazprom and its subsidiaries were covered by the General Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The union also kept cooperating with the employer on current labor issues. In 2021, it contributed to the adoption of more than 10,000 local regulations.
The Gazprom Workers’ Union and its member organizations took an active part in implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including procuring protective equipment and sanitizers.
In 2021, Gazprom Workers’ Union was also involved in occupational safety activities carried out by 29 in-house technical labor inspectors and 7,507 occupational safety officers.
The Union works consistently to set up and consolidate trade union organizations at the Gazprom Group facilities. The reporting year saw six new trade union organizations join Gazprom Workers’ Union. The decrease in the number of member organizations in 2021 was due to changes in the internal structure of the Gazprom Workers’ Union.
Results of inspections conducted by the Gazprom Workers’ Union organizations
|Inspections conducted by trade union organizations||473||539||491|
|Including comprehensive checks of all issues relating to labor regulations||263||277||261|
|incl. partially substantiated||56||78||92|
|Employees and non-working retirees met in-person||12,938||10,448||11,108|
|Inspections of the state of occupational safety||277||305||429|
|Written claims from employees concerning the violation of their occupational safety rights||12||11||25|
|Notices issued to eliminate the violations of the labor legislation||143||135||220|
The main issues in employee claims:
- disciplinary action;
- vacations and health resorts;
- benefits and financial assistance;
Development Projects in Social Partnership
The Gazprom Group pays special attention to professional development projects in social partnership, including training, communication, and loyalty programs.
A Comprehensive Training Program for Trade Union Activists and Members
The program comprises annual seminars for accountants, members of audit commissions, technical labor inspectors, officers in charge of labor safety and information support, legal inspectors, employees in charge of organizational work, and young trade union activists. In 2021, over 300 people completed offline and online training. In 2022, more than 600 Gazprom Group employees will take part in the program.
MBA in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Management
The Gazprom Workers’ Union and the Gazprom Group have formed a group of employees with an MBA in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Management from the Higher School of Economics of St Petersburg State University of Economics. Over 60 employees completed the studies as part of the project.
Gazprom Workers’ Union Scholarships
The program was designed for students of Gazprom School (nine scholarships), Igrimsky Polytechnic College (six scholarships), Gazprom College Volgograd (six scholarships) and St Petersburg State University of Economics (nine scholarships). It seeks to encourage academic excellence, introduce students to social partnership at PJSC Gazprom, familiarize them with the Company’s trade unions, and cultivate socially responsible attitudes.
Trade Union Wave Video Series
A comprehensive information program for union members and PJSC Gazprom employees got underway in 2021 focusing on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development activities. In 2021, 30 episodes of the program were released.
Gazprom Workers’ Union PRIVILEGE loyalty program
The Gazprom Workers’ Union PRIVILEGE is an innovative loyalty program offering union members a number of advantages through a specially designed mobile app and a Gazprombank card. The advantages are based on the daily consumer activity of program participants. As at the end of 2021, 220,000 loyalty cards were issued as part of the program.