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10/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2019 02:06

A centenary celebration 100 meters below sea level

KOMI REPUBLIC, RUSSIAN FEDERATION (ILO News) - The ILO Moscow office has taken the organization's Centenary celebration underground by visiting a unique industrial facility, LUKOIL oil extracting mine in the Komi Republic, the Russian Federation, 187 meters beneath the ground, which became the world pioneer for extracting heavy oil from the mine in 1939.

A team from its employment department met several young people working in the mine.
'We want to show that decent work is an imperative, no matter the latitude, longitude, or depth. Here, in the industrial environment of the mine, the decent work agenda is in operation. It covers workers' rights, occupational safety and working conditions, social dialogue, labour standards, employment and skills,' said Mikhail Pouchkin, Senior Employment Specialist of the ILO Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The visit followed a regional training organized for the Public Employment Service under an ILO public-private partnership project 'Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS' . The project is implemented by ILO Moscow, with financial support from LUKOIL. It operates in ten countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia and in selected regions of the Russian Federation, including the Republic of Komi.

In the Commonwealth of Independent States, partnerships have proved to be a successful instrument for the promotion of youth employment and the development of innovative policies for a more inclusive and just labour market.