Employees at Babruysk Tractor Components and Units Plant threaten to «work to rule»

Workers at Babruysk Tractor Components and Units Plant (BTCUP) have announced plans to \"work to rule\" after being denied part of June bonuses...

 

Workers at Babruysk Tractor Components and Units Plant (BTCUP) have announced plans to "work to rule" after being denied part of June bonuses.

On July 9, the workers of the plant’s tractor assembly shop walked out after receiving pay slips, saying that their bonuses for June had been cut by 45 percent.

"We won’t do more than required by the rules of our contracts,” a worker told BelaPAN, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We won’t be assembling five vehicles per shift any more, but only one or two as specified in the technical process description.”

“We met with Deputy Directors Slabadchuk and Puzhevich to discuss the issue, but they only threatened us with dismissal,” the worker said.

According to him, 18 employees have already written applications for admission to the Belarusian Free Trade Union`s organization at the plant.

When asked to comment, BTCUP Deputy Director Slabadchuk said that the workers had not been given "additional" bonuses, which he noted were paid only for extra work. “We gathered together and I explained to them that they are required to do a particular amount of work per shift, come to work and work properly.”

He said that the row had already been settled, and that only one worker would be transferred to another shop at the plant.

The row would have never taken place if the plant management had showed more respect for the employees and notified them in advance that they would not receive part of the June bonuses, Mikhahil Kavalkow, chairman of the Belarusian Free Trade Union`s organization at the plant, told BelaPAN.

At the same time, he said, the workers, who work overtime and try to assemble as many tractors as possible, qualify for the extra bonuses even for one tractor assembled beyond the plan.