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23 October 2020, 16:42

Calls for strikes slammed as counterproductive

Tatyana Lugina. An archive photo
Tatyana Lugina. An archive photo

MINSK, 23 October (BelTA) - Calls for strikes are counterproductive, Tatyana Lugina, the head of the Belarusian state light industry concern Bellegprom, said in an interview with BelTA.

“As a person who has worked in the light industry for almost a quarter of a century, including 23 years directly at the enterprise, I can say with full responsibility that the calls for strikes are counterproductive. Manufacturing process is not a kettle or a vacuum cleaner. You cannot turn it on or off any time you wish. It is a complex mechanism that cannot be stopped. After all, many companies work around the clock,” Tatyana Lugina said.

According to her, working in a regular mode is not only a guarantee that employees get their salaries. "It is also a guarantee of social payments to the most vulnerable categories of Belarusians - mothers on maternity leave, our grandparents. These are the salaries of our medics, who are selflessly fighting against COVID-19 these days. This is about the reputation of our companies and about contract obligations to our partners," the head of the concern said.

The Belarusian state light industry concern Bellegprom comprises 96 organizations, including 76 industrial companies (textile, sewing, knitting and leather-footwear industries). They account for 60% of the country's total light industry output and 21% of Belarus' total non-food production.

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