23 January 2018, Tuesday, 3:08

Enterprises go bankrupt to be sold for a song?


New details about the meeting of Kovry Bresta factory workers and the deputy PM appeared.

Workers have to live on 300,000 rubles as the factory stands idle. “We eat brown bread with soup and as dessert. We donate blood for money to survive. Our children were left without presents on New Year's Eve,” workers say.

Halina Marchuk, a worker of the finishing shop,  says that she and her co-workers have been working only some days a month since April 2012 and receive 300,000 rubles. Halina has been working at the factory since 1986, but this is the most severe crisis she has ever seen,” Salidarnast reports.

”We worked on farms to earn additional money in summer, but we cannot do it in winter. How are we supposed to live?” Halina Marchuk complains. “We heard that Syamashka [the deputy prime minister] was to visit the factory and decided to meet with him.”

According to Halina, the management of Kovry Brest factory hid the information about the visit from personnel.

”We were not allowed to enter the factory building when Syamashka arrived. But we broke through! I said to the deputy prime minister 'Do you think a mob of furious women cannot cope with two guards?'. You should have seen the face of our director! He thought we would beat him. I asked him if he was ashamed to keep the visit of the deputy PM in secret.”

Syamashka said we should love our director. I asked why we should. For the scrap metals at the factory? Only half of the production line works,” she says.

Halina admits she was shocked that Syamashka apparently didn't want to talk to them. “The director confirmed it later. It's a shame for high-ranking officials to be afraid of meeting with ordinary people! We expected the second highest governmental official to ask us how we live.”

Syamashka focused on figures instead, Halina says.

”He said the situation had been worse, but it's good now.  And gave plenty of figures... Syamashka was slamming his fist on the table and shouting 'I didn't finish yet!' He didn't allow people to say a single word.

My co-worker Nina showed our paysheets to him and asked how we should live on 300,000 rubles. He threw the paysheets on the table.

We hoped the deputy PM would listen to people, but he only shouted. I tried to shout him down and ask a couple of questions, but he only rebuked me. I wanted him to see my pain, not to give figures.”

“They said weavers would earn 3.5 million. It's ridiculous. They don't have money to pay us. A weaver asked how we would get 3 million if we don't work. Syamashka slammed his fist down on the table and shouted: 'I said so. I will visit you again in March. If the director doesn't fulfil the promise, I will dismiss him.' I have the impression that they want our factory to go bankrupt and sell it someone for a song,” she thinks.