Online petitions addressed to authorities gaining popularity in Belarus
In recent years, online petitions addressed to government agencies are gaining popularity in Belarus, especially among young people. In most cases, the authorities are not obliged to respond to such appeals, even though recent petitions have been drawn up in full compliance with the legislation. In addition, such petitions often have a wide public response with a large number of signatories, prompting officials to meet the demands of activists, especially if they do not contradict the interests of the central government, and focus on local issues. However, if online petition activity promoting issues of public interest increases, officials may lobby legislative restrictions on such appeals.
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.