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Main page Sustainable Development Social Policy Rosneft Council of Retired Employees - the War and Labor Veterans

Rosneft Council of Retired Employees - the War and Labor Veterans

There were ca. 700 seasoned professionals in the Ministry of Oil Industry of the USSR who have retired on an old-age pension in 1985. Honored industry veterans needed an organization which would protect their rights, ensuring a well-deserved public position, social, economic and other legitimate interests. Among the initiators to set up such an organization named the Council of Retired Employees - the War and Labor Veterans were well-known oil workers G.G. Kremennoy, G.P. Girbasov, T.F. Rustambekov. The creation of the Council was actively supported by the USSR oil industry minister, participant of the Great Patriotic War, and hero of socialist labor V.A. Dinkov. Other specialists highly respected in the sector also took part in the formation and subsequent activities of the Council.

In October 1985, the Council was institutionalized by engineers of the USSR Ministry of Oil Industry at their meeting. The most active retirees, who were able to work without seeking a profit and full of initiative, take a close look at the needs of senior citizens and stand them by, have been elected to the new organization. In order to perform day-to-day operational activities, the executive committee of the Council and persons authorized to work with the veterans from each specific unit were elected. Weekly attendance of the executive committee members was arranged aiming to hold conversations with veterans, provide consultations on various issues, consider their requests and complaints. Issues related to health care services were also settled thanks to arrangements for veterans enabling them to take outpatient treatment at polyclinics in Moscow, enjoy cultural entertainment, and make trips to Cities of Military Glory and other historical site.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, social support to retired oil industry workers has become indispensable, especially due to the collapse of the Soviet Union and establishment of new corporate companies. Particularly during that period the Council of Veterans of the Soviet Ministry of Oil Industry was reorganized into the Council of the War and Labor Veterans of Rosneftegaz Corporation, than of Rosneft State Enterprise, and finally of Rosneft Oil Company OAO.

In 1988, a hereditary oil worker T.F. Rustambekov was elected as Chairman of the Council.

Acting as a permanent chairman of the Veterans' Council over a span of 20 years he managed to open its current account with a bank to accumulate the funds, so that the pensioners of the veterans' organization began to receive financial aid from the newly established endowment, while the Council of Veterans has gained a legal entity status registered by the Ministry of Justice of the RF.

At present, the Regional public interest organization Rosneft Council of Retired Employees - the War and Labor Veterans is a voluntary self-governing nonprofit association of pensioners who have previously worked in head offices of the Soviet Ministry of Oil Industry, Soviet Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry, Rosneft State Enterprise and Rosneft Oil Company. The main goals of the organization include protection of the veterans' rights and legitimate interests, ensuring conditions for their adequate standing in the society, as well as assertion of their socio-economic, labor, property, personal and other rights, aiming to improve material wellbeing, and provision of medical, health-related, non-material and cultural services. The Council driven by those goals is engaged in implementation of programs aimed at provision of material assistance, medical and social protection to pensioners, while attracting domestic and foreign investors and sponsors, cooperating with state-backed authorities and persons possessing the right of legislative initiative when drawing up draft legislation aiming to regulate legal relations in the field of social protection of veterans. In addition, the Council is engaging veterans in patriotic education of school children and young employees, in passing on to them the very best traditions of the petroleum industry. Museum and archives activities are under way, exposition collections are being set up and replenished, reflecting the development history of the sector. The Council is organizing leisure activities for veterans, particularly via creating special interest clubs, conducting evening parties, festive and recreational events for veterans and members of their families; it participates in the proper care of the burial ground for outstanding industry veterans, and takes other actions aiming to immortalize their labor exploits.

The Council has launched its publishing activities in 1991. It has started to publish archive materials and memoirs of petroleum industry employees in an annual almanac titled The Veterans. From 2000 onwards, publishing operations are being done in cooperation with professional staff of the magazine "Petroleum Economy" which has recently turned 90. In 1996, 1998, and 2005 the Council prepared and published three books under the title "Petroleum Industry Professionals", a reference book on distinguished specialists of the sector. An important impact on that publication had the oil industry veterans N.M. Eronin and V.D. Baranovsky.

In order to become a member of the Veterans' Council, pursuant to the charter adopted in 2011, non-employed pensioners, former employees of Rosneft Head Office shall have the length of service in the oil industry not less than 10 years and that within Rosneft Head Office not less than 5 years. Many members of the Council bear sonorous titles of Honored employees of the oil and gas industry of the USSR (or the Russian Federation), Honored economist, Honored environmental specialist, Emeritus builder, Labor veteran, as well as the highest industry-specific titles: Honorable Worker of the Fuel and Energy Complex, Honorable Worker of Mintopenergo (Ministry of Fuel and Energy), Honorable Oil Worker: The present Bureau of the Veterans' Council, when carrying on traditions established in the Soviet times, provides all possible assistance to retired oil workers relying on support from such activists as Z.N. Timonina, A.I. Ivankin, L.A. Ivanisko, V.D. Baranovsky, N.M. Eronin, K.S. Kubasov, R.N. Polyakova, A.L. Saltykov, V.N. Chumakova, L.A. Momotova, E.V. Golubeva, G.A. Angelova, A.Ya. Sorochkina, N.V. Kunanbaeva, R.N. Trashchinskaya, E.Kh. Vekilova, R.G. Shakirzyanova and some others.