Employees at a significant tractor factory in Belarus stopped a strike on Tuesday over concerns they are dismissed from their jobs.
The industrial action between 15,000 employees in the Minsk Tractor Works was among many state-run plants throughout the nation, as tens of thousands of employees join nationwide protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.
But attack chief Sergei Dylevsky told Euronews that employees in the Minsk Tractor Works was threatened on Tuesday morning with penalties and possibly losing their jobs, and their attack would consequently not proceed.
“The panic in Belarusians remains beneath their skin. If the supervisors and government say they cannot strike, it’s difficult to overcome this and protest.
He added he was frustrated that he was unable to convince individuals to attack “We, as the organizers of this attack, aren’t afraid for ourselves.
“We do not care what happens to people, but we would like to guard individuals. We would like breadmakers, parents never to leave their kids without food. That there’s something to nourish their kids.”
Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, that has refused to take the consequence of the August 9 election where Lukashenko obtained 80 percent of their vote, has produced a Coordination Council which intends to oversee a peaceful transition of power.
Dylevsky told Euronews he is connected to Tsikhanouskaya’s staff and a fund for compensating employees who hit was already set up, but it had to be bolstered.
Within the Minsk Tractor Works, just 250 from the 15,000 workers were prepared to go on strike when it meant losing their jobs,” he explained.
Several employees are currently likely to apply for vacation leave and also to file paperwork for a formal attack, which could limit the chance of job losses in the factory.
Strikes: a potentially strong weapon
It’s not yet clear if the hurdles in Minsk Tractor Works are also being observed in different parts of Belarus, in which over 30 factories are believed to be completely or partially closed.
But diffused strikes might be troublesome for the resistance as well as their aspiration of placing much more pressure on Lukashenko.
Frank Viacorka, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council, formerly told Euronews it was a combo of protests, strikes, and also the”energy transition” by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya that may”create this revolution plausible”
The Minsk Tractor Works was created in 1946 and became a sign of Belarus, making tractors for a huge portion of the Soviet Union.
Many resistance demonstrations came into the mill on Tuesday in a show of support for the employees and also to convince them to attack.
“They’re fearful of dramatic, and that’s precisely why we are still here,” said Alexander, 44, a demonstrator standing out who did wish to provide his last name for fear of government reprisals.
“I can understand this panic. We’ve had 26 decades of dread, of not speaking the facts. They’re scared to be terminated, fearful to be penalized with the [Belarusian secret service] KGB.
“This is a significant mill in our republic, and when they begin striking, it is going to be quite great. This is the greatest state venture, and when state enterprises begin to strike, it’s likely to break the machine “
It’s very important that it occurs, he explained, since it’s among the greatest methods to pressure the authorities: “People saw the majority didn’t vote for Lukashenko. His unwillingness to make concessions to individuals and acknowledge defeat. It forces people to resort to these extreme measures as a hit.”
Another union leader, Lizaveta Merliak said strikes were about the road at Grodno Azot, a massive factory around 250 kilometers beyond Minsk.
“Employees understand the only way to weaken this prohibited ability would be to leave it with no cash,” explained Merliak, who’s global secretary of the BITU marriage.
We stop the ventures — we depart Lukashenko without cash.”