"Half of the factory" supports Bobruisk rebels
The workers of the Bobruisk Factory of Tractor Parts and Units, dissatisfied with deprivation of their premium payments, are transferred by factory bosses to other shops. "It's useless, we are supported by half of the factory," the indignant workers assert.
"Yesterday, after talking to our bosses and their categorical refusal to pay out our premiums, our teams decided not to work on the shift assignment but to follow the established technical process," the workers of the assembly shop of tractors and cabins told the "Salidarnasts". "It means that we'll make not five tractors per shift, but maximum two."
According to the workers, they had a talk with the shop manager Ivan Astashov, who, without choosing expressions, promised to sack all the troublemakers.
"The main troublemakers Ц in his opinion Ц will be transferred to other shops; but it's useless, as we are supported by half the factory already," the disgruntled workers say. "Astashov threatens to sack us and refuses to speak normally, but the situation with payments continues not for the first month."
The workers note that cancellation of bonuses and deductions for scrap have become a norm.
According to the factory workers, dissatisfied with the absence of premium payments, the problem is that the shop bosses redistribute the bonus funds so that they do not reach the workers.
"The stimulating bonuses are named as such, because they are intended to stimulate; however, they were not paid without explanations and warnings," Mikhail Kovalkov, the chairman of the factory organization of the Free Trade Union of Belarus (FPB), explains the essence of the conflict. "People were expecting that money Ц more than a million rubles per worker; and they were deprived of the money. Moreover, the labour conditions are such that workers have to bring their own tools to the factory; the temperature in the shops is above normal; and instead of eight hours, the workers work in twelve-hour shifts."
As noted by Mikhail Kovalkov, the workers who are not members of the FPB are the main protesters against deprivation of bonuses; and this is an alarming trend for the bosses.
"Let them transfer us to other shops, let them sack us, but this situation blazes up not only in Shop No. 1. The whole factory supports us, except for the bosses, of course. It's unclear what they really want," the workers have summed up.