16 January 2018, Tuesday, 17:55

Siarhei Antusevich: Lukashenka will sell everything for good money

The Belarusian ruler is ready to sell MAZ and other plants for a good price.

Siarhei Antusevich, a deputy head of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Forces, spoke to charter97.org about Lukashenka's remark that he wasn't ready for MAZ privatisation, but was ready to accept 10 million migrant workers.

“Lukashenka's statement that he doesn't welcome the privatisation of MAZ by KaMAZ is an unprecedented step. For unknown reasons, the authorities are ready to sell a stake in Mozyr oil refinery, BelAZ, bun not MAZ. I cannot understand this logic. I think it was a message that we don't sell it for nothing. It's like a joke about the queen: 'A million? Why so little?' If Lukashenka was offered a normal price, he would be happy to sell MAZ, because the state treasury is empty,” the trade union leader is confident.

Siarhei Antusevich stressed that the recent messages about the devaluation and other things meant “something is rotten in the state of Denmark”.

“When he speaks about migrant workers and foreign work force, he means Central Asia and China. It's common for all countries that migrant workers have less rights, because they come to work and want to stay in the country somehow. Belarusians, who go abroad to work, face the same attitude. I mean unskilled labour first of all,” the deputy head of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Forces said.

The trade union leader thinks the ruler spoke about the sectors suffering from lack of work force, first of all the construction sector.

“He needs more silent slaves. When you employ Belarusians, you have to fulfill at least requirements of the Labour Code, because most of them are members of trade unions, they have been living there all their lives. They cannot be manipulated so easily. You need to observe certain rules. As for migrant workers, you can offer a lower level of social guarantees and work conditions, accommodate them in trailers or dormitories, like in Russia. It's possible that Belarusians will go abroad and only slaves will remain in the country. It will be very convenient for the authorities if they work, keep silence, demand nothing and receive miserable pay. As for activities in workers' spare time, Belarus has enough cheap low-quality wines. Migrant workers won't need schools and entertainment,” Siarhei Antusevich summed up.

The Belarusian dictator said at a press conference for Russian journalists that he found the privatisation of the Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ) by means of setting up an alliance with Russian KAMAZ unprofitable, but proposed the Belarusian and Russian truck manufacturers to work out a joint sales strategy. He also noted that Belarus was ready to accept 10 million people for permanent residency.