Market vendors in Svetlahorsk set to go on strike on September 1

The business owners who have the status of sole entrepreneurs made the decision after a meeting with local government, police and tax officials on August 10...

 

Market vendors in Svetlahorsk, Homyel region, have announced plans to go on a strike on September 1.

The business owners who have the status of sole entrepreneurs made the decision after a meeting with local government, police and tax officials on August 10, market vendor Iryna Savatseyeva told BelaPAN.

According to the entrepreneur, the officials failed to say "when shameless seizures of goods will end" at the meeting.
Some 150 market vendors gathered at the city's central square on August 6 to protest unscheduled audits and multiple seizure orders issued as their result.

Ms. Savatseyeva had goods worth a total of nearly three million rubels seized by police and tax officers within a month and a half.

As the authorities have failed to assure the vendors that the raids and seizures will cease, the entrepreneurs have decided to walk out and stop paying taxes on September 1, Mr. Savatseyeva said.

Viktar Harbachow, leader of a Belarusian business association, announced at the meeting that market vendors in 17 more cities also considered going on a strike.