More Striking Workers Are Fired, BelAZ Employees Stand Up For Colleagues

More people have been dismissed from major Belarusian enterprises after they had joined a nationwide strike or expressed solidarity with the strikers on Monday, 26 October.

Reports about dismissals are coming from BelAZ [one of the world’s largest manufacturers of large dump trucks], METZ [Minsk Electrotechnical Plant], Integral [manufacturer of integrated circuits and liquid crystal indicators], MTZ [Minsk Tractor Works] tool shop and other state run enterprises.

According to BelAZ employees, three tool shop workers have been fired today. In response, their colleagues gathered demanding explanation from the management and the trade union. They demand to reinstate the dismissed ones. BelAZ workers are reportedly meeting with management and the trade union representatives.

It is also reported that an employee of the Belarusian Metallurgical Plant [BMZ] who earlier had gone on strike was dismissed.

Integral employees report that several people who gathered on the territory of the plant on 26 October to discuss the situation at the enterprise and in the country were dismissed. The company has yet to comment on the situation; chairman of the trade union committee Sergei Poko refused to speak to a journalist.

There are reports about dismissals from the METZ. “On 29 October, 10 people were fired. Among them are those who recorded the video address to Belprofmash, the welders of the workshop in Kolyadichi, who went on strike on Monday at 12.10 am,” said one of the workers.

According to him, workers from the holding’s branches can be brought to replace of dismissed and dismissed welders. The trade union of the plant reported that the enterprise is operating in normal mode.

Source: TUT.BY