Job cuts in economy are expected in 2014
In accordance with the governmental forecast, workforce reduction by 70 thousand is expected in enterprises in 2014. The fact of the excessive number of staff is confirmed by the executives of enterprises themselves.
The figures of proposed job cuts will not be reached for two reasons. The idea is to create 47 thousand new high-performing jobs for dismissed employees, which is unfeasible. And the upcoming presidential campaign in 2015, whereby the escalation of social tensions in society is unacceptable, will serve as a deterrent. Jobs will be cut only in extreme cases (economic insolvency). The alternative option will be less noticeable incremental reduction in the number of staff under the pretext of the growth of wages of remaining employees of the enterprise.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.