Freedom of Association: the Case of Russia
Two main conclusions are made concerning the workers’ representation system in Russia. First: the system is quite far from being in conformity with the ideals of real freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Second: it is quite unlikely that this situation will change fundamentally in the nearest future. Only the major social unrest may provoke the liberalization oфf collective bargaining and collective labor disputes legislation in Russia. But present state of things itself constitutes a threat to social stability and may trigger much more dangerous trends that it is now supposed to prevent.