On January 29, Yuri Belyakov, a legal inspector of the REP Trade Union, and Igor Komlik, the chairman of the REP's Minsk City Branch, visited the painting bay of Shop 91 of the Minsk Tractor Works (known by the trademark MTZ). The visit was caused by the request of Natalia Anikeeva, a member of the REP Trade Union, who works as a painter in Shop 91.
The REP officials had a talk with Ruslan Krivitsky, the head of the painting bay, and with the MTZ workers-REP members. Mr Krivitsky told about the remuneration system they use at the bay, explaining that a complex team of painters had been set up at the bay; and at the end of each month the team members themselves distribute the earned money.
According to his story, there are expensive and cheaper works. In order to equalize the wages, the painters change jobs every day (by their mutual agreement). The total earnings are then distributed depending on the number of workdays and the labour participation coefficient (LPC).
"However, the team system allows directing, through frauds, part of the earnings past the workers' pockets. Natalia Anikeeva believes that this is exactly happening in her bay. We had to go to there and clear out what happens," said Yuri Belyakov. "According to Ruslan Krivitsky, everything is fair and just. However, people work overtime and on weekends – and the earned money goes, as a rule, into a common pot. We'll find out whether it is fair."
"The complex team itself defines the LPC of each member and, therefore, each painter's monthly wage. We have learned that the above bay manager can affect the LPC, although it's outside his service duties. Moreover, the team is unaware how the overall monthly wage fund is formed and in what quantity; its members don't understand why they cannot distribute the wage fund among the team members at the expense of those who are on sick leaves or vacations. There are questions; and we'll request additional data from MTZ structures, as well as oppose the division of the team members into 'bad' and 'good' workers depending on their membership in the REP Trade Union. The union keeps the issue under control," Gennady Fedynich, the leader of the REP Trade Union, has emphasized.