Lukashenko’s anti-corruption rhetoric aims to improve public institutions’ ratings
The president demanded to bring order to flax and meat-packing plants in Slutsk. Influenced by the events in Ukraine, Lukashenko intensified anti-corruption rhetoric to improve his electoral rating ahead of the 2015 election campaign. Using rhetoric, he is also attempting to disavow the derailed large-scale industrial modernisation project about traditionally high quality Belarusian products produced during the Soviet Era. In the near future, the Belarusian government will continue to explore the anti-corruption theme, with middle and low level government officials as the targets.
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.