The Russian Ministry of Labor claims that situations “previously unparalleled in the socio-economic development of the Russian Federation” give rise to the need to amend the documents governing labor relations. To simplify this procedure, it is proposed to exclude such stages from it as coordination with trade unions and other departments.
Thus, at the suggestion of the ministry, the government will be able to independently establish the rules for regulating labor relations during emergency situations, for example, epidemics. The authors of the initiative assure that the coordination with the “social partners” will still occur, but much faster than in ordinary circumstances. But in whose interests will the changes be applied?
This question is best answered by a simple listing of previous initiatives of the Ministry of Labor. For example, in March, the department proposed simplifying the procedure for dismissing workers in emergency situations. At the same time, the partners of the ministry, from among business ombudspeople put forward a proposal to reduce the employer’s liability for violation of labor laws when dismissing or not paying salaries. Now the reason for the new attempt to give the Cabinet special powers was the situation with the fly-in fly-out shift method of work. Labor Minister Anton Kotyakov believes that if shift personnel cannot arrive, the maximum shift can be extended up to 6 months if the employee agrees to extend the shift.
And, as studies show, an employee is most often ready to expand their working time or the list of their duties. But this is not because people love hard work so much. This is because about 60% of the population have no savings, make ends meet with difficulty, live from paycheck to paycheck, pay endless loans. Well, we all know very well how employers can persuade, threaten with layoffs, fines and other consequences of refusal. And in this situation, the resistance of one employee will be easily suppressed. Workers need to unite and fight together. Only collective struggle can become an insurmountable obstacle to the introduction of new exploitative initiatives.