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15 January 2021, 17:58

FTUB's initiative to raise salaries for many real sector workers in Belarus

Yelena Mankevich. An archive photo
Yelena Mankevich. An archive photo

MINSK, 15 January (BelTA) – The government has approved of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus' proposal to suspend the Council of Ministers' resolution No.744 on the payment for the labor of workers of 31 July 2014. The relevant document has already been drafted, the press service of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTUB) told BelTA.

The source reminded that this Council of Ministers resolution allows raising salaries in state organizations and organizations, in which charter capital the state share exceeds 50%, only if the ratio of labor productivity growth to the salary exceeds 1.0.

“The idea behind the Council of Ministers resolution is theoretically correct: salaries should be raised if labor productivity grows. However, the document fails to take into account a number of peculiarities the operation of an enterprise involves such as seasonal fluctuations, manufacturing peculiarities, and so on. The parameters used to evaluate labor productivity are not always objective. As a result, a number of enterprises have been artificially slowing down the growth of salaries,” FTUB Deputy Chairwoman Yelena Mankevich noted. “These contradictions became particularly pronounced in the period of the complicated epidemic situation. Many organizations encountered objective factors, which prevent them from meeting the goals the resolution specifies, yet they are objectively capable of raising salaries. This is why we've contacted the government with a proposal to suspend the resolution in the period of the complicated epidemic situation.”

Suspending the resolution till 31 March 2021 is the idea. It will allow employers to independently decide on salary raises in order to motivate their workers to work productively.

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