Employee right to freedom of association and collective bargaining


At Nornickel, employees’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is governed by MMC Norilsk Nickel’s Freedom of Association PolicyMMC Norilsk Nickel’s Freedom of Association Policy is available on the Company’s official website. The Policy sets out the following principles:

  • the Company recognises the right of its employees to establish, join, participate in and withdraw from trade unions in order to protect their interests and bargain collectively;
  • the Company accedes to the exercise of employees’ right to collective bargaining;
  • the Company maintains neutrality towards all professional associations and other employee representations;
  • the Company is committed to protecting its employees against any restriction of their freedom of choice, such as discrimination on the basis of race, skin colour, gender, ethnicity, language, religion, disability, political preference or any other feature.

Social partnership framework

The Company has a system of social partnership at its sites to align the interests of employees and employers in terms of the regulation of social and labour relations.

In 2019, Nornickel joined an interregional cross-industry agreement for copper and nickel producers and their supporting industries until 2025 (updated and extended in 2021).

As of the end of 2022, the agreement applied to 21 Group companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel, covering 89.7% of the Group’s employees.

Tools for considering employee interests
The Group companies are parties to
23 collective bargaining agreements
94.4 % of the Group’s headcount.
As at the end of 2022
7.4 % of all the Group’s employees were members of trade unions
77 % were represented by social and labour councils.