Belarusian authorities plan to use pro-government associations during 2015 presidential campaign
During his visit to Minsk Tractor Works, President Alexander Lukashenko said that there was civil society in Belarus – trade unions, youth, women’s and veterans’ organizations. Amid falling ratings of government institutions the Belarusian government hopes to bolster activities of pro-government organisations (quangos) in the presidential campaign. In addition, the authorities might exploit the potential of public associations to impose their agenda in relations with Western capitals.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.