After the New Year, the incomes of Belarusians may sharply decline.
According to the official Federation of Trade Unions, as of November 1, 178 enterprises and organizations of the country were not able to pay off their employees.
As of the end of November, 22 Minsk organizations found it difficult to pay salaries for October, chairman of the committee on labor, employment and social protection of the Minsk City Executive Committee Zhanna Ramanovich told journalists.
At the same time, directives from above to "raise" urgently the salaries before the New Year have been issued to a number of enterprises. What is this going to lead to in practice?
The website UDF.BY asked head of the Belarusian Trade Union of Radioelectronic Industry (REP) Henadz Fiadynich to make a forecast:
"There have been several cases in Minsk and Hrodna, when companies received letters from the executive committees about the need to raise wages in December. Therefore, I do not exclude that due to the payment of various bonuses, the 13th salary they can reach the coveted figure at the end of the year, – the trade union leader says. – But as for people working at enterprises, state employees, they will not receive the so-called average salary. Some of the plants are not able to pay even 400 rubles on time. Figures on the average salary can grow as a result of incomes of bankers, IT specialists, managers, but common people will not feel it.
Moreover, the task of achieving an average salary of 1,000 rubles only irritates the majority of workers. They do not see any noticeable changes in their pockets, they do not feel that their standard of living is rising. Today, Belarusians spend 45% of their income on food, while in normal countries it is only 25%. And people are told that salaries are growing and growing.
And, of course, the question arises: what will happen after the New Year? Check into the matter: does the enterprise director have resources to raise the salary?
Well, he will take and give away all the money in December, and then how to live in January-February? You cannot manage the economy with decrees from above, we have already seen the consequences of it."