MINSK, 28 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke out on the issues of employment and salaries as he addressed the 8th Congress of the Federation of Trade Union of Belarus (FTUB) in Minsk on 28 February, BelTA has learned.
“We always pay the closest attention to employment and wages which are the two most important issues for trade unions,” the head of state promised.
He recalled that the fifth All-Belarusian People's Congress set the goal to create at least 250,000 new jobs in five years. “If we look only at the numbers, it seems that the task is being fulfilled. But the question is about the quality of these indicators. New jobs must be high-performance jobs. If it pays a salary of Br400-500, then no one needs such a job,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president called on the unions to pay attention to these issues. “Salary is certainly a critical issue for people. This matter should always be on the radar of trade unions,” he said.