On 1 July 2010 Federal Law No. 146-FZ ‘On Amendments to the Article 25 of the Federal Law on Trade Unions, Rights and Guarantees’ (the Trade Union Law) was adopted. It provides for amendments to disciplinary actions against working trade union members, their dismissals and transfers to another position.

The amendments have withdrawn the requirement for companies to receive the consent of a trade union organisation before applying disciplinary action or dismissing working trade union members. As a result of the Trade Union Law, a trade union need only give its opinion before dismissals of working trade union members on special grounds. Trade union consent is still required for dismissing trade union-elected leaders.

Another amendment affects the transfer of working trade union members to another position on the employer’s initiative. Prior consent of the trade union used to be required. Now a transfer may be given in a general order.