Entrepreneurs will not support opposition during presidential elections
Last week, President Lukashenko met with entrepreneurs at Expobel shopping centre and allowed them to trade without quality certificates until January 1st, 2016.
In addition, he warned them against becoming involved in politics and advised to work more transparently. Private entrepreneurs have low protest potential and capacity for solidarity actions and prefer to adapt to the conditions imposed by the authorities. Nevertheless, amid events in Ukraine, the Belarusian authorities are afraid of any manifestation of social tension in society and demonstrate willingness to engage in dialogue with society ahead of the presidential election. Most likely, most entrepreneurs might not provide any assistance to the opposition during the 2015 election campaign.
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.