All Belorussian enterprises will instate workers unions.

2020-11-11

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko demanded the creation of trade unions at all enterprises in the country. The state news agency TASS reports.

The president of The Republic of Belarus – Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko voiced his concern over the lack of organizations at enterprises to protect worker’s rights. According to him, by the end of this year, trade unions should be created at all enterprises, both state and private. Lukashenko threatened the enterprises with closure in case of refusal or non-fulfilment of requirements. The President added that the interests of citizens are the main priority of state policy.

It is worth recalling that since the voting day of the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9 2020, a political crisis has continued in the country.
The crisis is expressed in widespread distrust among citizens regarding the election results and of the government in general. Tough actions by the police and national security forces against the protesters led to an escalation of the conflict. Statistics show that to date, law enforcement agencies of Belarus have detained 13.8 thousand people, more than 700 residents have suffered in total. At the same time, 140 national security officials were injured, four were killed. However, so far Lukashenko tough policy has not brought the desired results.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is considered the most striking political force in opposition to the current government, she is offering the Belarusians liberal market reforms. The reforms consist of expanding the private sector in a national economy, full or partial privatization of government property and reducing social protection of citizens. These reforms are likely to improve the position of medium and large businesses, naturally, at the expense of worsening the life of the working population.

Such an opportunistic and populist demand on behalf of Alexander Lukashenko is quite predictable. We have already written about the real attitude of the “guarantor of Belarusian stability” to the working-class movement. Once again we see Lukashenko acting like a market politician.
Quite obviously, the president of Belarus needs those workers unions to control worker’s sentiments and create an appearance of a dialogue between workers and the authorities. Nevertheless, the liberal community often accuses the current president of Belarus almost of being a communist who does not want to take the country out of the “Soviet” state. However, it is fairer to call the political system of Belarus “state capitalism”, in which most of the country’s resources are used to protect the interests of the ruling class. The only difference from classical capitalism is that the ruling class is “already in power” and there is no veil of “real democracy”.