Charter

Charter of the All-Russian Professional Union of Servicemen " ITUS"

Adopted at the Constituent Conference of the Independent Trade Union of Servicemen of the Russian Federation ( ITUS) on January 17, 1992 Alterations and additions made at : Second ITUS Congress on March 25, 1995, Third ITUS Congress on May 7,1997, Fourth ITUS Congress May 25, 2001

Chapter 1. General Provisions

Article 1. General provisions.
   1.The All-Russian professional union of servicemen " ITUS" ( further ITUS) is a voluntary public organization, uniting on basis of joint activities of defence of general social, legal, economic and professional interests of servicemen, who serve in the armed forces by contract; the Russian Federation citizens on State service, who have special titles ( class ranks), citizens discharged from military service, members of their families.
   2. ITUS carries out its activities on the territory of more than half of the Russian Federation Subjects as well as in other regions where ITUS organizations will be established.
   3. ITUS in its activities is directed by the Russian Federation Constitution, the Russian Federation legislation, legislation of the Russian Federation Subjects, on which territory it realizes its activities, by the international law rules, by the present Charter.
   4. ITUS activities are based on the principles of :
   - democratic centralism;
   - voluntary joining and free exit from the trade union;
   - equal rights of ITUS members
   - pluralism of opinions;
   - conjunction of independence of ITUS organizations in organizational and financial matters with the support and mutual assistance in the solution of arising problems;
   - conjunction of collective work of all ITUS organizations and elected bodies with personal responsibility of ITUS members for the realization of adopted decisions.
   5. Presidium of ITUS Central Committee ( further - ITUS CC Presidium ) is permanently acting leading ITUS body .Location of ITUS CC Presidium is the Russian Federation, City of Moscow.

Chapter 2. ITUS Aims and Tasks

Article 2. ITUS Aims.
   ITUS aims are:
   - achievement of social and legal protection of servicemen, citizens on state service who have special ranks, citizens discharged from military service and members of their families;
   - defence of civic, social, economic and other rights and freedoms of indicated categories of population, creation of normal conditions for their professional activities;
   - all possible assistance for strengthening of defence and security of the State, raising prestige of military service;
   - assistance for strengthening of the sole responsibility principle in the armed forces;
   - development of the wide cooperation with international and foreign organizations and their federations ( associations) in the fulfillment of the tasks, arising from the present Charter.

Article 3. ITUS Tasks.
   1. ITUS for the achievement of its aims in accordance with the acting legislation:
   - represents and defends social, legal, economic and professional interests of its members before Federal state bodies and subordinated to them bodies of administration, before state bodies of the Russian Federation Subjects, before municipal bodies as well as before federations ( associations) of trade unions ( organisations of trade unions) and other public federations and their associations (ITUS realizes cooperation with them on agreements basis ) ;
   - promotes strengthening of legal basis of activities of the Federal bodies of state power, where according to the Russian Federation legislation military service is envisaged, other state bodies ( bodies of administration), where servicemen carry out their professional activities and citizens on state service, who have special ranks;
   - promotes improvement of spiritual, material and every day conditions of life and professional activities of servicemen, citizens on state service, who have special ranks, citizens, discharged from military service and members of their families; takes part in organization of additional types of social insurance, pension provisions and Medicare of the stated categories of citizens, in their retraining and employment after the termination of military service ( on pension retirement) and construction of housing for them;
   - takes part in the elections of federal and regional bodies of state power and municipal bodies according to the legislation;
   - realizes through established by ITUS organizations business activities, capital construction, administrative-economic and other types of activities for the achievement of aims specified by the present Charter;
   - establishes educational and scientific-research institutions, carries out training, retraining, improvement of qualifications of servicemen and citizens discharged from military service and members of their families, promotes social-economic, legal and professional education of ITUS members;
   - carries out information-propaganda, cultural-educational and publishing activities;
   - participates in the work of international and foreign organizations and their federations ( associations);
   - in every possible way develops the network of organizations, dealing with sanatorium-resort treatment, tourism ( international including), leisure time, mass physical culture and sport of servicemen, citizens discharged from military service and members of their families;
   - - carries out other tasks, not contradicting the present Charter.
   2. While solving its tasks ITUS realizes the rights, envisaged by the Russian Federation Federal Law " On Professional Unions, their Rights and Guarantees of their Activities" taking into account peculiarities of the application of this Federal Law regarding the trade unions, uniting servicemen, employees of the Russian Federation Interior bodies, bodies of the Federal Security service, the Russian federation customs bodies, the Russian federation tax police bodies, judges and prosecutors.

Chapter III. ITUS Organizational Structure .
ITUS Leading and Control Bodies

Article 4. ITUS Organizational Structure.
   1.ITUS primary organisations constitute basis of ITUS organizational structure.
   2.ITUS primary organizations are established by ITUS members at the places of their living, service, work.
   3.ITUS territorial organizations ( city or district) are established by ITUS members within the limits of one city or one district and consist of two or more ITUS primary organisations.
   4.ITUS regional organizations are established by ITUS members within the limits of one Russian Federation Subject and consist of two or more ITUS territorial organisations.
   5 .Establishment and activities of regional, territorial and primary organizations are realized on the basis of the General Regulations of ITUS Organisations ( Chapter VII of the present Charter ).
   6. ITUS primary, territorial and regional organizations act only on the basis of the present ( single ) ITUS Charter. Adoption by ITUS regional, territorial and primary organizations of their own charters is not accepted.
   7. ITUS primary, territorial and regional organizations are obliged to :
   - observe the present ITUS Charter;
   - support ITUS activities and actively participate in the realization of its aims and tasks, express solidarity in the defence of ITUS member organizations' rights and interests;
   - transfer part of membership and other fees to superior ITUS bodies according to established procedure, time and amounts;
   - transfer part of membership and other fees to superior ITUS bodies according to established procedure, time and amounts;
   - provide information regarding the number of ITUS membership, financial accounts, connected with the calculation and payment of membership and other fees, other statistical data in the scope and procedure established in accordance with the Charter;
   - introduce for consideration of their collective bodies the issues suggested by ITUS superior bodies.

Article 5. ITUS Highest Body.
   1. ITUS Congress or Conference ( further on - Congress ) is the highest ITUS body which is convened not less than once every five years. Rules of representation, agenda of the Congress are determined by ITUS CC Presidium . ITUS regional organizations are informed in each concrete case not less than two months before the date of the Congress.
   2. The Congress is considered legally qualified in the presence of not less than two thirds of delegates from more than half of ITUS regional organizations, which are registered by the ITUS CC Presidium. ITUS Chairman, ITUS Vice-Chairmen, Chairmen of ITUS Credentials and Auditing commissions have ex oficio the status of the Congress' deputies.
   Decision on the legality of the Congress is taken by the ITUS
   Credentials commission and is approved by the Congress. Members of ITUS CC Presidium, ITUS Credentials and Auditing commissions, not elected delegates at the Congress have the right to participate in the Congress in advisory capacity ( without voting rights).
   3. Congress has the right to take any decisions, regarding ITUS activities which are not contrary to the Russian Federation legislation in force.
   4. Congress:
   - adopts decisions, resolutions, statements, appeals on the most important problems of life in the country, activities of the state bodies, trade union movement;
   - adopts decisions, resolutions, statements, appeals on the most important problems of life in the country, activities of the state bodies, trade union movement;
   - approves decisions on ITUS membership in international trade union and other federations and organisations.
   5. Exclusive competence of the Congress consists of:
   - approval of the ITUS Charter, introduction of alterations and additions, which are registered afterwards by the Russian Federation Ministry of Justice in the established by the law order;
   - consideration and approval of reports on the activities of ITUS Central Committee ( further ITUS CC ), ITUS CC Presidium, ITUS Credentials and Auditing commissions;
   - determination of priorities of ITUS activities as well as principles of forming and use of trade union's property;
   - election of ITUS Chairman and pre term termination of his powers;
   - formation of ITUS CC, whenever necessary election of ITUS CC members as well as pre term termination of their powers;
   - determination of numerical composition of ITUS Credentials and Auditing commissions;
   - settlement of differences between ITUS CC, ITUS Credentials and Auditing commissions and other ITUS bodies;
   - reorganization and liquidation of ITUS.
   6. Decisions of the Congress on the problems of its competence, referred to by the present Charter are taken by simple majority votes ( open or secret) of numerical number of delegates present at the meeting of the Congress, if there is a quorum.
   7. Decisions of the Congress on introductions of alterations and additions into the ITUS Charter are taken by qualified majority votes ( open or secret) - not less than two thirds of the numerical number of delegates, present at the meeting of the Congress, if there is a quorum.

Article 6. ITUS Central Committee ( ITUS CC).
   1. ITUS CC serves in the period between Congresses as a governing ITUS body, which is formed from the leaders of ITUS regional organizations, leaders of the Councils of regional organizations in federal regions ( further FR Councils) as well as ITUS CC members, elected directly at the ITUS Congress. ITUS Chairman is ITUS CC member ex oficio. Powers of ITUS CC commence from the moment of the cessation of the work of Congress and are terminated at the opening of the next ordinary Congress after the end of five years term.
   2. ITUS CC adopts decisions ( within its competence) at the ITUS CC Plenums, convened by the ITUS Chairman or majority of ITUS Presidium members whenever necessary, but not less than once every two years.
   3. Powers of ITUS CC member who is CC member ex oficio ( as the leader of ITUS regional organization or FR Council) cease before terms and are passed to another ITUS member, who is elected in accordance to the present Charter to the position of the leader of ITUS regional organization or ITUS FR Council.
   4. Powers of each ITUS CC member may be terminated before the expiration of the term in case of his personal declaration on termination of his powers. ITUS CC member's powers may also be postponed upon the decision of ITUS CC Plenum in case when ITUS CC member's actions violate requirements of the present Charter, inflict damage to ITUS. Decisions in this case are taken by the ITUS CC Plenum by simple majority of the numerical list of ITUS CC members.
   5. ITUS CC Plenum has the right to decide upon any questions, concerning ITUS activities, excluding those listed as exclusive competence of the Congress.
   6. Exclusive competence of ITUS CC Plenum:
   - election of ITUS Vice-Chairmen, determination of the term of their powers and order of replacement by them of the office of ITUS Chairman as well as pre term cessation of their powers.
   - election of ITUS CC Presidium and determination of the term of its powers.
   7. ITUS CC Plenum:
   - decides on ITUS participation in election campaigns according to the federal laws and laws of the Russian Federation Subjects on elections;
   - considers appeals, arising from the present Charter;
   - takes decisions on coordination of activities of ITUS regional organisations and its bodies on achievement of aims and tasks, stated by the present Charter;
   - determines the rate of ITUS membership entry fees;
   - decides on ITUS entry of unions ( associations) of trade unions and public federations, which do not pursue political aims ( on participation in their activities).

Article 7. ITUS CC Presidium.
    1.ITUS CC Presidium is the permanently acting ITUS body for every day activities during the period between ITUS CC Plenums and is elected at the ITUS CC Plenum from ITUS CC members.
   2.ITUS CC Presidium has the right to take any decisions on behalf of ITUS CC, besides those of exclusive ITUS CC competence. Presidium decisions are taken by simple majority of votes from the list of ITUS Presidium members.
   3.ITUS CC Presidium:
   - adopts decisions, resolutions, statements, appeals on the main problems of country's life, activities of state power bodies, trade union movement;
   - adopts decisions on participation in the elections of bodies of state power;
   - considers appeals arising from the present Charter;
   - decides on ITUS membership in international trade unions and other federations and organizations;
   - decides on ITUS membership in international trade unions and other federations and organizations;
   - convenes Congresses, determines their agenda and norms of representation from ITUS regional organizations;
   - reports on its activities before ITUS congress and ITUS CC Plenum;
   - ensures ITUS participation in the elaboration, consideration and trade union expertise of the drafts of federal law and other normative legal acts on social-economic problems;
   - participates in the elaboration and formation of the Russian Federation social-economic programs concerning servicemen and other categories of people, who could be ITUS members and promotes their realization;
   - decides on ITUS mass actions in accordance to the Russian Federation Federal Laws including meetings, street manifestations, demonstrations, picketing and other collective actions;
   - determines principal directions of ITUS activities regarding sanatorium-resort, tourist, sport, health improving, cultural and educational activities of trade union organizations as well as institutes of additional education;
   - cooperates with state power bodies, local authorities, with federations ( unions, associations ) and organizations for development and improvement of sanatorium-resort medical treatment, children health improving vacations, institutions of culture, leisure time, tourism ( including international), physical culture and sport;
   - decides on entry to ITUS new regional organizations and expulsion of them;
   - determines indices of ITUS financial accounts connected with calculation and payment of membership and other fees, list of statistical data to be presented by member organizations;
   - considers disputes between ITUS member organizations;
   - decides on cooperation with other All-Russian public federations;
   - decides on ITUS membership in trade union and other federations and organizations ( international including), with the subsequent confirmation by the Congress;
   - informs regularly member organizations on ITUS activities;
   - hears reports of ITUS Chairman and information of ITUS regional organizations leaders on the fulfillment of Congress' decisions;
   - upon hearing information of ITUS Auditing Commission on the results of financial-economic activities takes necessary measures on correction of existing shortcomings;
   - establishes ITUS decorations and approves their Statutes;
   - provides interpretation of articles and provisions of the present Charter ;
   - carries out other functions upon the decisions of Congress and delegated by member organizations;
   - carries out economic and financial activities, commands ITUS CC property and financial means, performs actions regarding ITUS CC property and financial means (which are not contrary to the Law), according to the aims and principles of the Charter, determined by ITUS Congress in order and within limits, determined by ITUS CC Plenum;
   - decides on ITUS behalf on establishment ( entering as founders) of public organizations, foundations, economic societies etc;
   - decides on ITUS entry to the All-Russian and international public federations, on conclusion of cooperation agreements with state, public and private organizations:
   - solicits before the state power bodies, upon the presentation from ITUS regional organizations on awarding of state awards of trade union employees and activists, on awarding them with honorary titles;
   - decides on awarding of ITUS decorations;
   - appoints if necessary ITUS CC Executive Committee ( further Excom ) and its Chairman, determines its number and powers. Excom functions as ITUS staff and is subordinated to ITUS Chairman and ITUS Presidium, it functions on the basis of its Statutes, approved by ITUS CC Presidium.

Article 8. ITUS Chairman. ITUS Vice - Chairmen.
   1. ITUS Chairman, elected at the Congress, has the rights of the legal entity on behalf of ITUS. ITUS Chairman could be elected, if he is ITUS member not less than five years. ITUS Chairman is the single ITUS executive body.
   2. ITUS Chairman is ex officio ITUS CC and ITUS CC Presidium member. Its powers start from the moment of his election at the Congress.
   3. ITUS Chairman powers could be terminated before the expiration of the term upon his personal statement. In such case his duties are carried out by one of ITUS Vice-Chairmen.
   4. ITUS Chairman:
   - carries out activities on implementation of the tasks, put by ITUS Charter, decisions of ITUS Congresses , ITUS CC and ITUS CC Presidium;
   - is accountable to ITUS Congress and to ITUS CC Presidium in the period between Congresses;
   - represents ITUS at state bodies, local authorities, military command bodies, public federations and other organizations, in the mass media as well as at international organizations;;
   - makes if necessary public statements, addresses on behalf of ITUS appeals and petitions;
   - concludes with the subsequent approval by ITUS CC Presidium and ITUS Congress agreements on cooperation with trade union and other public federations, military command bodies, bodies of legislative and executive power, international organizations.
   - disposes of property and financial means of ITUS within the limits determined by ITUS CC Plenum and ITUS CC Presidium;
   - approves distribution of powers and duties between ITUS Vice - Chairmen;
   - exercise general leadership of the ITUS CC Presidium staff, appoints heads of the departments and determines their functions, engages and dismisses employees, transfers this right to other officials;
   - issues orders within the limits of his competence;
   - exercises other functions, delegated to him by ITUS CC and ITUS CC Presidium;
   - gives power of attorney on ITUS behalf and determines procedure of their provision by ITUS Vice - Chairmen.
   5. ITUS Vice - Chairmen are elected at the ITUS CC Plenums from ITUS CC members, who have to be ITUS members for the period of not less than five years. ITUS Vice - Chairmen are ex officio ITUS CC Presidium members, their functions are determined by ITUS Chairman.

Chapter IV. ITUS Credentials Commission Status.

Article 9. ITUS Credentials Commission.
   1. ITUS Credentials Commission is ITUS controlling body. It is elected at the Congress for the period of five years, is independent and accountable only to the Congress. Its powers start at the moment of its election and terminate after approval of its report to the next Congress. The number of commission's members is determined by ITUS congress.
   2. In its activities ITUS Credentials Commission is governed by ITUS Charter.
   3. ITUS Credentials commission adopts decisions at its meetings, which are convened whenever necessary but not less than once a year. Decisions of the ITUS Credentials commission are taken by simple majority of present commission members, if there is a quorum.
   4. ITUS Credentials commission member may take off his powers before the expiration of the term on personal declaration. In this case additional elections do not take place.
   5. ITUS Credentials commission considers any disputes between ITUS bodies. Its decisions are obligatory for any ITUS body.
   6. Activities of ITUS Credentials commission are directed by the Chairman of ITUS Credentials commission elected by simple majority of members present at the given meeting of the commission if there is a quorum. Whenever necessary ITUS Credentials commission Vice - Chairmen could be elected at the meeting.
   7. Tasks of ITUS Credentials commission:
   - revision of observance by elected ITUS bodies and ITUS leaders of ITUS Charter and decisions of ITUS Congresses;
   - revision of powers of any elected ITUS bodies, leaders of ITUS bodies and organizations.
   8. ITUS Credentials commission has the right to :
   - make revisions regarding correctness of elections of any ITUS bodies;
   - make revisions of the fulfillment by any ITUS bodies and organizations of ITUS Charter and decisions of ITUS Congresses;
   - take decisions regarding suspension of membership in ITUS by any ITUS organizations, which in a rude and repeated form violates ITUS Charter.
   9. ITUS Credentials commission has to:
   - make revisions not less than once a year on the compliance to ITUS Charter of the decisions taken by ITUS Chairman and ITUS Vice- Chairmen, ITUS Presidium and ITUS CC;
   - make revisions upon presentation of ITUS Chairman, ITUS Presidium and ITUS CC, as well as on the initiative of one or several members of the commission on compliance to ITUS Charter of the decisions of other ITUS bodies not later than two calendar months from the moment of receipt by ITUS Credentials Commission of the documents to be revised;
   - upon presentation of ITUS Chairman, ITUS Presidium and ITUS CC as well as upon the initiative of one or more members of ITUS Credentials commission make revision on the legitimate character of elections of any ITUS body ( ITUS leader) and decide on it not later than two calendar months from the moment of the receipt by ITUS Credentials commission of the documents about elections of this ITUS body ( ITUS leader).
   10. Decisions of ITUS Credentials commission taken within its competence are obligatory for all ITUS bodies. Members of ITUS Credentials commission may be present at the meeting of any ITUS bodies with the right of consultative vote.
   11. Disagreements between ITUS Credentials commission and other ITUS governing bodies are decided at the meeting of ITUS Congress
   12. ITUS Chairman or ITUS Presidium may postpone fulfillment of Credentials commission's decision with the obligatory report on the matter at ITUS Congress.

Chapter V. ITUS Auditing Commission Status.

Article 10. ITUS Auditing Commission.
   1. ITUS Auditing Commission ( further Auditing Commission) is the auditing ITUS body, it is elected at the ITUS Congress for the period of five years, is independent and accountable only to the ITUS Congress. Its powers start at the moment of its election and cease after approval of its report to the next ITUS Congress after this term. The numerical number of the Auditing Commission is determined by the ITUS Congress.
   2. In its activities the Auditing Commission is directed by ITUS Charter.
   3. Auditing Commission takes decisions at its meetings, which are convened whenever is necessary, but not less than once a year. Decisions of Auditing Commission are taken by simple majority of its members present at the meeting of the Commission if there is a quorum.
   4. Auditing Commission member may take off his powers before expiration of the term on the grounds of personal declaration. In such case additional elections do not take place.
   5. Auditing commission considers economic and business problems of any ITUS body ( organization), correctness of collection and use of membership fees ( entry fees including) of any ITUS body or organization, voluntary donations etc. Its decisions are obligatory for any ITUS body;
   6. Auditing Commission's activities are directed by Auditing Commission Chairman ( further Chairman), elected by simple majority of votes of Auditing Commission's members present at the Auditing Commission meeting if there is a quorum.. If necessary a Vice - Chairman ( or Vice - Chairmen) could be elected;
   7. Tasks of the Auditing Commission:
   - revision of the correctness of collection and use of membership fees ( entry fees including ) of any ITUS organization ( body);
   - revision of activities established by ITUS organizations, business societies etc;
   - revision of economic and business activities of any ITUS body ( organization ), realized according to the ITUS Charter aims;
   - revision of correctness of use of other allowed by the Russian Federation legislation incomes and profits.
   8. Auditing Commission has the right:
   - to conduct inspection of financial and economic documents of any ITUS bodies ( organizations);
   - to conduct inspection in any ITUS organization ( body ) of the registries of collection of membership fees and demand an account of their use;
   - in case of revealed serious shortcomings in economic and business activities of any ITUS bodies ( organizations ), of non aimed use of means, other violations of financial discipline to make suggestions for the decisions of ITUS CC Presidium, ITUS CC, ITUS Credentials Commission and if necessary of law enforcing bodies.
   9. Auditing Commission has to:
   - not less than once a year make inspections of correctness of economic and business actions, carried out by ITUS Chairman and ITUS Vice - Chairmen, ITUS Presidium and ITUS CC;
   - upon presentation of ITUS Chairman, ITUS CC Presidium and ITUS CC, as well as upon initiative of one or several Auditing commission members, make necessary inspections of other ITUS bodies ( organizations ) within the limits of its powers.
   10. Auditing Commission's decisions, taken within the limits of its competence are obligatory for execution by all ITUS bodies. Auditing Commission members may be present at the meetings of any ITUS bodies and have the right of consultative vote.
   11. Disagreements between Auditing Commission and other leading ITUS bodies are decided at the Congress.
   12. Execution of Auditing Commission decisions may be postponed by ITUS Chairman or ITUS CC Presidium with obligatory report regarding this action before ITUS Congress.

Chapter VI ITUS Members, their Rights and Duties

Article 11. ITUS Members.
   1. ITUS member may be any citizen, who does military service by contract or is discharged from military service; who is on state service in the Russian Federation bodies of Interior, bodies of the Federal Security Service, the RF Custom bodies, Federal bodies of Tax Police, courts and prosecutors office and has special titles ( class ranks) as well as citizens who have special titles (class ranks) and are retired on pension; members of their families from 14 years of age, who recognize ITUS Charter and pay membership fees.
   2. Payment of membership fees is realized in the order and amounts, established by the conference of ITUS regional organization.

Article 12. Admission to ITUS membership.
   1. Membership in ITUS is voluntary and individual.
   2. Admission to membership is realized upon personal application of a citizen by the primary ITUS organization. Secretary of the primary ITUS organization ( secretary of ITUS committee) or any other person, who is empowered with this mission by the decision of the corresponding ITUS organization ( body) keeps records of ITUS membership and issues ITUS union cards.
   3. ITUS membership is counted from the day of delivering by a citizen of his personal application on admittance to ITUS membership.
   4. Admitted to ITUS membership is issued of ITUS single union card. Issue of the card is realized by ITUS organization, which admitted him for ITUS membership or by a superior organization.
   5. Citizen, admitted to ITUS membership pays entry fees in the amount established by the decision of ITUS CC Presidium. Payment of entry fees is realized at the day of ITUS union card issue.
   6. ITUS members have equal rights and equal duties.
   7. ITUS members have no right to be members of any other trade union.

Article 13. ITUS members rights.
   ITUS member has the rights to :
   - elect and to be elected to ITUS bodies, to ITUS Congresses as well as nominate his own person for such election;
   - discuss openly at the meetings, congresses, meetings of ITUS trade union bodies and in the mass media problems of ITUS activities ( its organizations), make suggestions, express and defend his view, participate in the elaboration of decisions, regarding ITUS activities;
   - address for assistance to any ITUS bodies in defence of his legal rights and interests and participate personally in the consideration of corresponding problems;
   - receive any information on the activities of ITUS organization, leading bodies and officials;
   - upon personal declaration withdraw from ITUS membership, handing over ITUS union card, or to move from one ITUS organization to another.

Article 14. ITUS members duties..
   AITUS member has the duties to :
   - observe ITUS Charter;
   - participate in activities of ITUS organization ( to attend meetings, to assist in realization of the decisions of ITUS organizations and its governing bodies, to fulfill trade union assignments) and to pay membership fees.

Article 15. Discontinuance of ITUS membership.
   ITUS membership ceases:
   - in case of death of the citizen, ITUS member;
   - in case of withdrawal of the citizen from ITUS membership upon his personal declaration;
   - in case of expulsion of the citizen from ITUS members by the decision of the general meeting of ITUS primary organisation or superior ITUS body. In the latter case the citizen expelled from ITUS has the right of appeal to the superior ITUS body.

Chapter VII. General Status of ITUS Organizations.
( Conditions and order of establishment of ITUS organizations, organizational basis of their activities)

Article 16. Status of ITUS primary organization.
   1. Decision on the establishment of ITUS primary organization may be adopted at its constituent meeting by not less than three ITUS members. ITUS primary organisation is established on the territorial or professional basis at the place of residence, service or work of ITUS members. Superior ITUS body is informed on the establishment of ITUS primary organisation. ITUS primary organisation acquires ITUS membership from the moment of registration in the superior territorial ITUS organisation.
   2. The highest body of ITUS primary organization is the general meeting of its members. Decisions of the general meeting are taken by direct vote ( open or secret ballot) of simple majority, if otherwise is not decided by the general meeting.
   3. General meeting of the primary organization is convened as necessary ( but not less than two times a year) by the organization secretary or by the demand of two thirds of ITUS members, registered in ITUS primary organisation. General meeting is valid if more than half of ITUS members registered in ITUS primary organization are present.
   4. For every day activities of ITUS primary organization for the period between the meetings, secretary of the organization (single executive body of the primary organization) is elected for the term of two years, as well as one or two of his deputies and auditing commission ( auditor), which is the auditing body of the primary organization. Powers of the primary organization secretary, his deputies and auditing commission ( auditor) could be ceased before expiration of the term by the decision of the general meeting of ITUS primary organisation.
   5. In case ITUS primary organization unites more than fifty members it may elect for the period of two years Committee, with possible termination of its powers before the expiration of the term by the decision of the general meeting of ITUS primary organization. ITUS committee is the authoritative body of primary organization functioning under the guidance of ITUS primary organization secretary.
   6. Secretary of ITUS primary organization ( primary organization committee):
   - carries out activities for fulfillment of tasks determined by the present Charter;
   - decides the questions of adoption of citizen to ITUS membership;
   - collects entry and membership fees of ITUS members;
   - realizes on practice decisions of the superior ITUS bodies.    7. ITUS primary organization is subordinated to ITUS territorial committee, where it is registered and the superior ITUS regional committee.
   8. On the basis of present Charter and with the permission of the superior body of ITUS regional organization ITUS primary organization may acquire the status of legal entity. In this case the state registration of ITUS primary organization is done by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation Subject on the basis of the single ITUS Charter and a proxy given by corresponding ITUS regional committee.
   9. In case of acquiring by ITUS primary organization of the legal entity status its rights and duties on behalf of the primary organization are exercised by ITUS primary organization secretary .
   10. ITUS primary organization may be reorganized or dissolved by the decision of its general meeting by qualified majority of members ( not less than two thirds) or by the decision of ITUS superior regional committee. In this case ITUS primary organization is taken off all registration documents. Its liquidation as the legal entity ( if it has this status) is done according to the general Russian Federation legislation in force. The primary organization has the right to appeal the decision of reorganisation or liquidation to the superior ITUS body.
   11. ITUS primary organization looses the right to use the name of the organization and concluded treaties and agreements from the moment of adoption of corresponding decision at the general primary organization meeting of ITUS members or from the meeting of corresponding ITUS regional committee.

Article 17. Status of ITUS territorial organization.
   1. Decision on the establishment of ITUS territorial organization may be adopted at the constituent meeting of not less than three primary ITUS organizations, situated within limits of one city or district. Establishment of ITUS territorial organization can be done only with consent of the superior ITUS regional committee and with presence at the meeting of its representatives. Territorial organization acquires ITUS membership from the moment of its registration by ITUS superior regional organization.
   2. Conference is the highest body of ITUS territorial organization. It is convened by the Chairman of ITUS territorial organization whenever necessary but not less than once a year. Agenda of the Conference and norms of representation from primary ITUS organizations are determined and brought to the notice of ITUS primary organizations by Chairman of ITUS territorial organization or ITUS territorial committee not less than five days before the beginning of the Conference. Decisions at the Conference are taken by direct votes ( open or secret) of simple majority, unless the conference decides otherwise.
   3. For the period between Conferences ITUS territorial organization Chairman, Committee and Auditing commission are elected for the term of two years for organization of every day activities of ITUS territorial organization. Their powers could be terminated before the termination of the term by the decisions of ITUS territorial organization conference. Chairman of ITUS territorial organization is its executive body, ITUS Territorial Committee - its management body and ITUS Territorial Auditing commission - its auditing body. One or two deputy chairmen of ITUS territorial organization are elected from members of the trade union committee for two years period, their powers could be terminated before the term at the meeting of ITUS territorial organization Committee.
   4. ITUS regional organization committee takes decisions at its meetings by simple majority of votes of its members, participating at the meeting if there is a quorum.
   5. ITUS territorial organization Committee:
   - carries out activities for achievement of goals and fulfillment of tasks, envisioned by the present Charter;
   - exercises control over activities of all its primary member organizations;
   - receives deductions from ITUS members' entry and membership fees from ITUS primary member organizations ;
   - exercises transfer of deductions from entry and membership fees to ITUS superior regional committee;
   - disposes of property and financial means of ITUS territorial organization within the powers, determined by the Conference of ITUS territorial organization;
   realizes on practice decisions of superior ITUS bodies.
   6. Chairman of ITUS territorial organization
   - exercises activities on fulfillment of the Charter tasks and decisions of superior ITUS bodies;
   - is accountable to the ITUS territorial organization Conference and between conferences - to the ITUS territorial organization trade union Committee;
   - represents ITUS territorial organization at the state bodies, municipal authorities, bodies of military command, public federations and other organizations as well as in the mass media;
   - делает в необходимых случаях заявления, направляет обращения и ходатайства от имени территориальной организации ОПСВ;
   - represents ITUS territorial organization at the state bodies, municipal authorities, bodies of military command, public federations and other organizations as well as in the mass media;
   - issues orders within the limits of his competence;
   - carries out other functions delegated to him by ITUS territorial organization committee;
    - directs the work of ITUS territorial organisation's staff..
   7. ITUS territorial organization is accountable to ITUS regional committee, where it is registered.
   8. ITUS territorial organization has the right to become legal entity only after the permission of superior body of ITUS regional organization, of which it is a member. In this case the state registration of ITUS territorial orhanisation is done by the Russian Federation Ministry of Justice territorial body on the basis of proxy, given by corresponding ITUS regional committee.
   9. ITUS regional organization may be reorganized or liquidated at the Conference by the decision of qualified majority ( not less than two thirds) of conference delegates if there is a quorum, or by the decision of ITUS superior regional committee. In such case ITUS regional organization is taken off all the registration lists. Its liquidation as a legal entity ( if it has that status) is done on the basis of general Russian Federation legislation in force. ITUS territorial organization has the right to appeal to superior ITUS body against its reorganization or liquidation.
   10. ITUS territorial organization looses the right to use its name, concluded contracts and agreements from the moment of corresponding decision at the Conference of ITUS territorial organization or at the meeting of corresponding ITUS regional committee.

Article 18. ITUS Regional Organization Status.
   1. Decision of the establishment of ITUS regional organization may be adopted at the constituent conference of not less than two ITUS territorial organizations, located within one Subject of the Russian Federation. ITUS regional organization acquires ITUS membership from the moment of its registration by ITUS CC.
   2. ITUS highest regional organization body is the Conference. The Conference is convened by the Chairman of ITUS regional organization or by ITUS regional committee as necessary, but not less than once every two years. Agenda of the Conference and norms of representation from ITUS territorial organizations are determined and brought to the knowledge of ITUS territorial organizations by ITUS regional organization chairman or by ITUS regional Committee fourteen days or more before the opening of the Conference. Decisions at the Conference are taken by direct vote ( open or secret) by simple majority, if the conference does not decide otherwise.
   3. ITUS regional organization Chairman, Committee and Auditing commission are elected for organization of current activities between the Conferences for the term of five years, which could be terminated earlier by the decision of regional organization's Conference . ITUS regional organization Chairman is the ITUS regional organization executive body, ITUS regional Committee - its leading body, ITUS regional Auditing commission - its auditing body. One or two Deputy Chairmen could be elected from ITUS regional Committee members at its meeting for the period of five years, their powers could be terminated before the expiration of the term at the ITUS regional organization Committee's meeting.
   4. ITUS regional organization Committee takes its decisions at the meetings by simple majority of its members, participating at the meeting if there is a quorum.
   5. ITUS regional organization Committee:
   - carries out activities for the achievement of aims and fulfillment of tasks, envisaged by the present Charter;
   - with the permission of ITUS CC Presidium decides on entering regional public organizations;
   - concludes agreements and treaties with regional state, public and private organizations;
   - exercises control on the activities of territorial and primary ITUS organizations, members of ITUS regional organization;
   - exercises control on the activities of territorial and primary ITUS organizations, members of ITUS regional organization;
   - collects deductions from entry and membership fees from ITUS primary and territorial member organizations;
   - disposes of property and funds of ITUS regional organization within powers, determined by ITUS regional organization Conference;
    - realizes on practice decisions of ITUS superior bodies.
   6. ITUS regional organization Chairman:
   - exercises activities on fulfillment of the tasks of the Charter and decisions of ITUS leading bodies;
   - is accountable to ITUS regional organization Conference and between Conferences to the ITUS regional organization Committee;
   - represents ITUS regional organization at the state bodies, municipal authorities, bodies of military command, public federations and other organizations as well as in the mass media;
   - if necessary makes statements, directs appeals and petitions on behalf of ITUS regional organization;
   - confirms distributions of powers and duties between ITUS regional organization Deputy Chairmen;;
   - exercises general guidance of ITUS regional organization's staff, appoints heads of structural departments and determines their functions, gives employment and dismisses employees, gives the right of employment and dismissal of staff to other officials;
   - issues orders within the limits of his competence;
   - provides powers of attorney on behalf of ITUS regional organization;
   - directs every day work of ITUS regional organization's Committee, chairs its meetings;
   - carries out other functions delegated to him by ITUS regional organization Committee.
   7. ITUS regional organization is accountable to ITUS Chairman and ITUS CC Presidium. In obligatory way it is registered in trade union books, and is given in this connection an appropriate certificate of the established form.
   8. ITUS regional organization in obligatory way has to acquire status of legal entity. ITUS regional organization is registered by the local body of the Russian Federation Ministry of Justice only on the grounds of the proxy, provided on behalf of the ITUS CC Presidium.
   9. ITUS regional organization may be reorganized or liquidated at the Conference by the decision of qualified majority ( not less than two thirds) of Conference delegates if there is a quorum, or by the decision of ITUS CC Presidium. In such case ITUS regional organization is taken off all the registration lists. Its liquidation as the legal entity is done on the basis of the Russian Federation legislation in force. ITUS regional organization has the right to appeal to superior ITUS body against its reorganization or liquidation.
   110. ITUS regional organization looses the right to use its name, contracts and agreements concluded with other bodies and organizations from the moment of the adoption of corresponding decision at the ITUS regional conference or by ITUS CC Presidium.

Article 19. Status of Councils of Regional ITUS Organizations in Federal Districts.
   1. Councils of ITUS Regional organizations in the Federal District may be organized in Federal Districts ( further FD Councils) for coordination of activities of ITUS regional organizations and organization of effective cooperation with the Russian Federation President Plenipotentiary Representatives in Federal Districts, with the leadership of state power bodies and bodies of management, bodies of military command.
   2. FD Council is an interregional ITUS trade union body, which is delegated by ITUS regional organizations with part of their powers to sign treaties ( agreements) with the bodies of state power, bodies of military command within the scale of the Federal District. FD Council is established only with consent of ITUS CC Presidium and with participation of ITUS CC Presidium representatives..
   3. FD Council tasks are the following:
   - coordination of activities of ITUS regional organizations in cooperation with the bodies of state power and military command;
   - preparation of drafts of treaties ( agreements) with the state power bodies and bodies of military command and signing them on behalf of the FD Council after consent of ITUS CC Presidium and bodies of ITUS regional organizations located at the territory of the Federal District.
   4. In its activities FD Council is governed by the Russian Federation legislation and the present Charter, is subordinated to the decisions of the leading ITUS bodies.
   5. FD Council informs ITUS CC Presidium not less than once a month on its activities.
   6. FD Council entry into unions, associations, federations etc. with other organizations could be done only with the consent of ITUS CC Presidium.
   7. Chairmen of ITUS bodies of regional organizations are members of the FD Council, each of them is FD Council Co-chairman.
   8. FD Council is a legal entity.
   9. FD Council decisions are taken by simple majority of its members, or on the grounds of a written declaration of an ITUS regional organization.
   10. The documents are signed on behalf of FD Council by one of the FD Council Co-Chairmen, whom FD Council commissions to act on its behalf.

Chapter VIII. ITUS Property. Sources of ITUS incomes formation and property acquirement. Order of property administration and utilization of funds.

Article 20. ITUS property. Sources of ITUS incomes.
    1.ITUS property is formed from ITUS CC property and property of ITUS regional, territorial and primary organizations. ITUS owns, uses and administers the property, belonging to it on the right of property, created or acquired for usage in the interests of its member organizations, including funds, necessary for fulfillment of the Charter aims and tasks, as well as owns and administers property which was given to it in accordance to the established by other law of estate procedure.
    2. ITUS may have as its property peaces of land, buildings, structures, housing fund, cultural - instructive, scientific and educational institutions, sanatoriums, tourist, sport, health improving and other organizations, including publishing houses , printing houses, as well as funds, shares, other securities and other property, necessary for the provision of activities, ensured by the present Charter.
   3. ITUS keeps register of its own property, including immovable property, block of stocks and shares in the property of economic societies and associations. Book-keeping could be commissioned by ITUS to any person..
   4. ITUS may transfer its property for the trust administration of property to another person ( trust manager). Transfer of the property into trust administration does not mean transfer of the ownership right to the trust manager, who must manage the said property in the interests of ITUS or given third person..
   5. Sources of formation of ITUS property are: entry and membership fees of member-organisations, voluntary property contributions and donations, receipts from organized by ITUS lectures, exhibitions, lotteries, auctions, sport and other events, sale of goods, works, services; incomes from non realized operations, including dividends ( profit, interests), received from shares, bonds, other securities and deposits, income from ITUS property, income from civil law bargains, entrepreneurs activities, carried out through established by ITUS organizations, external economic activities, income from work of volunteers and in cases provided for in the legislation, receipts from federal budget, budgets of the Russian Federation Subjects, local budgets and out budget funds, other receipts of property on the grounds allowed by the law and other non prohibited by law actions.
   6. ITUS carries out external economic activities, establishes trade union banks, insurance and joint-stock companies, joint commercial enterprises, carries out publishing activities, forms solidarity foundations, insurance, cultural-educational foundations, personnel training foundations and other necessary foundations according to the Charter aims and tasks in the order, envisaged by legislation.
   7. ITUS has the right to carry out entrepreneurs activities, corresponding to the aims of the Charter. Such activities are: production of bringing profit goods and services, participation in economic societies, associations and other not forbidden by the acting laws activities. With these aims ITUS establishes or enters in the capacity of co-founders organizations, possessing the rights of legal entities on the basis of acting legislation.
   8. Profits received by ITUS are not distributed among its members and are used only for ITUS Charter aims.
   9. ITUS has the right of its own account to perform any actions regarding its own property which do not contradict the law or other legal acts and do not violate rights and other secured by law interests of other persons, including the right to alienate its property, transfer to other persons the right of possession and usage of its property, to pledge it or to dispose it in other ways.
   10. Decisions regarding ownership, usage and disposal of property which is in ITUS ownership or in its proxy disposal, rent, free use or according to other rules of proprietary law, as well as regarding acquisition and alienation of ITUS property, ITUS participation in economic societies, associations, non commercial organizations or withdrawal from them are taken correspondently:
   - for ITUS CC - by ITUS Chairman or ITUS Presidium;
   - for ITUS primary, territorial and regional organizations - by leader of corresponding ITUS organization or by corresponding ITUS body.
   11. ITUS is accountable for its obligations by its property which could be charged according to the Russian Federation legislation .
   12. ITUS CC is not responsible for the obligations of ITUS organizations, and ITUS organizations are not responsible for ITUS CC obligations except in cases provided for by the federal laws.
   13. Establishment of commercial and non commercial organizations on behalf of ITUS may be realized by ITUS Chairman or ITUS CC Presidium.

Article 21. ITUS Property.
   1. ITUS CC, regional, territorial and primary ITUS organizations are owners of acquired or transferred to them by state bodies, legal entities or private persons property ( including immovable, securities, intellectual and other property), which is used for fulfillment of aims of the present Charter.
   2. Acquisition by ITUS CC and ITUS member organizations of the right of property is carried out on the basis, provided for by the Russian Federation Civil Code.
   3. Expenditure of funds and disposal of ITUS property is done on the grounds of decisions of corresponding ITUS bodies in accordance to their estimates.
   4. Corresponding auditing commission exercises control over spending of funds and disposal of property.
   5. ITUS and ITUS organizations possessing the status of legal entities, have independent balance, payment and other bank accounts, including foreign currency accounts according to the rules of federal laws in force.
   6. ITUS organizations do not retain the right on the transferred to them property including membership fees.
   7. Immunity and protection of property rights and independence of ITUS financial activities are guaranteed by the Russian Federation legislation.
   8. ITUS property could be alienated without its consent only by the decision of the court.

Chapter IX. ITUS International Activities.

Статья 22.
   ITUS may enter various non government international federations, their unions (associations) and / or take part in their activities, if their activities do not contradict rules of international law, the Russian Federation legislation in force and present Charter.
Article 23.
   ITUS:
   - renders assistance on the Russian Federation territory of activities of international and foreign federations, their unions ( associations),of which ITUS is a member ( further, if otherwise not stipulated - international organizations) ;
   - takes part in the work of organized by international organizations ( with their participation) conferences, seminars etc.;
   - concludes agreements on joint cooperation, exchange of experience of work with organizations of other countries;
   - elaborates and realizes either independently or in cooperation with various international organizations and state bodies important social projects for achievement of goals, envisioned in the present Charter.

Chapter X. Order of Reorganization, Cessation of Activities and Liquidation of ITUS.

Article 24..
   1. Decisions regarding ITUS cessation of activities, liquidation or reorganization ( merger, adherence, division, apportionment ) could be taken by the Congress by direct vote ( open or secret) by qualified majority of votes ( not less than two thirds) of the delegates of the Congress if there is a quorum.
   2. ITUS liquidation or reorganization is realized in the order, established by the Russian Federation Civil Code.
   3. All ITUS means relieved after reorganization or remained after liquidation are directed to fulfill the aims, envisioned by the present Charter.

Chapter XI. Concluding Clauses.

Article 25.
   1. ITUS has its own seal, stamps, forms with its name.
   2. ITUS has its flag and emblem, due to state registration, and in the order established by the Russian Federation legislation.
   3. ITUS has the Honorary Diploma, other decorations.

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