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13 January 2021, 16:37

Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers spends Br1m in December to fight COVID-19

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MINSK, 13 January (BelTA) – More than Br1 million was provided by the Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers in December 2020 to fight the pandemic, BelTA learned from the trade union.

About Br120,000 was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment, disinfectants and for other purposes. Almost Br900,000 was provided to pay bonuses for members of the trade union. These bonuses were received by 8,373 employees.

The funds were mostly provided by grassroots trade unions that allocated more than Br850,000 to fight the pandemic.

For example, in December 2020 grassroots trade unions paid bonuses to 38 employees (a total of about Br2,800) to Bobruisk healthcare workers who had COVID-19. Another 1,294 trade union members who were on sick leave with coronavirus received financial aid totaling over Br90,000.

In addition, trade union members got subsidized vouchers to sanatoriums run by the Federation of Trade Unions.

Ensuring a safe working environment and helping those in a difficult situation due to the pandemic remain high on the agenda of the trade union. The Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers keeps working to improve employee comfort, it arranges and equips eating areas in the healthcare facilities where cafeterias were closed after they got in the red zone.

The total spending of the Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers on the coronavirus fight from 1 April to 31 December 2020 amounted to more than Br6.244 million.

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