News / 22.10.19

You care about product quality – then, get a reprimand! How a cement factory is exporting its products

The "Krasnoselskstroymaterialy" Factory has reprimanded the engineer, Natalia Lych, for "refusing to declare that blocks made of B2.5 cellular concrete comply with quality requirements."

On September 20, the Volkovysk District Court upheld the reprimand imposed on Natalia Lych back in June 2019. She appealed against the decision to the Grodno Regional Court.

However, Natalia cannot continue working in the atmosphere that now reigns at the factory; and on October 9, she filed a resignation application, which, according to Natalia, has already been signed.

On June 14, 2019, an order was issued to by A. Veselik, Director General, to punish the engineer: "Lych, Natalia Valentinovna, failed to conclude that blocks made of B2.5 cellular concrete comply with the requirements of EN7714: 2011+A1 2015 (batches Nos. 179, 180, 181, 182). Thus, it was not possible to issue a permit for the shipment of these batches to the buyer in the Republic of Poland ... By having made this, Lych, N. V., has improperly performed her official duties."

Already after the ruling of the Volkovysk District Court, Natalia Lych was acquainted with the order according to which she was sent to re-attesting. According to the law, employees can be sent to re-attesting after three years of working in a position; however, Natalia Lych is sent for re-attesting in November, while her three years in office will be only next spring. She is punished because she had followed her service instruction, not her bosses' instructions.

"The 'Krasnoselskstroymaterialy' exports blocks to Poland; it works with the AIDA Company. According to documents, weekly the control service must check blocks for strength; that's what Natalia Lych is doing. Exported products should have strength of 2.0-2.5 units. However, until the reprimand, that is, before the evening on June 14, the factory had only one internal declaration of 2.5 units, according to which blocks with strength of at least 2.5 units were exported; there was no declaration for 2.0 units. The engineer Natalia Lych has her duty to monitor the product quality: if more than 20% of the samples taken from a batch for examination fail to meet the declared strength, then the whole batch cannot be exported under the approved indicator of 2.5. Natalia acted in full accordance with her service instructions, and not with the administration's instruction to take the average figure," Gennady Fedynich, the leader of the REP Trade Union, has explained.

However, the employer is not going to cancel the reprimand.

"Currently, the litigation is on. Natalia Lych wants to quit the company: she's surrounded by atmosphere of ill will; and she is blamed for letting the company down. We intend to contact the company's bosses, as we are convinced that this reprimand is not only unfair, but can also lead to negative processes in the labour collective itself. If we fail to find a common solution to the problem, and the administration refuses to cancel the reprimand, we'll have to contact the Polish company AIDA, to bring the real situation to them. If the Polish party is satisfied with the products that fail to comply with European standard, then, let them continue working. But if Polish partners need quality products, then there will be another talk – of the AIDA with bosses of 'Krasnoselskstroymaterialy'. This is not blackmail. Should we have more such responsible workers, caring for the honour of their companies, then, Belarus-made products would be more popular abroad," Gennady Fedynich has concluded.

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