Belarus President takes part in national voluntary Saturday working campaign
April 22 turned into a nationwide voluntary Saturday working day! Soon, the tradition of working outside hours will be about 100 years old. And by the way, before the establishment by the Soviet authorities the word "Subbotnik", which now means a voluntary labor day campaign, had a completely different meaning: in the tsarist times the grammar-school boys called collective lashing, which was a punishment for misdemeanors, including laziness.
CTV channel employees take part in national voluntary Saturday working campaign
The CTV Channel did not remain aloof from the Voluntary Working Day campaign which is traditionally held in Belarus at the end of April. My colleagues worked at the Republican Children's Rehabilitation Center in Minsk.
Television presenters, film directors, and journalists took rakes and shovels to help beautify the surroundings.
As a result, they planted flowers and juniper. The latter, by the way, are considered the trees of life. Which is very symbolic.
What did the Belarus President say in his State of the Nation Address?
Belarusians can make a living only thanks to their work. Free material goods will not come from heaven even if Metropolitan Pavel, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz and all the holy fathers of all faiths pray daily for the prosperity of our country.
"This year should be the key one - there is nowhere for Belarus to retreat, and it is necessary to move forward in the economy, at least half a step, but we need forward movement," President Lukashenko said, addressing the people and the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on Friday.
Alexander Lukashenko about Decree No. 3 alternatives
The problem of unemployment is one of the pressing issues. There are as many as 350,000 unemployed in Belarus today. The figure is high, but it is necessary to keep in mind that dozens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees entered the Belarusian labor market in a period of one year and a half.
The message of Alexander Lukashenko is to leave specialists at plants and oblige plants to support these specialists, to provide work for everyone who wishes to work.
Belarusians discussing President's State of the Nation Address
On April 21, the Belarus President made his annual State of the Nation Address to the people and the National Assembly. Ordinary Belarusians are also discussing the address. As always, the President touched on many issues that concern everyone. The CTV Channel asked passers-by about their opinion on the President's address.
Belarus President to make State of the Nation Address April 21: expectations
The development strategy of the Belarusian economy , employment and the creation of new industries. Experts and political scientists have named the topics that are likely to be raised in the President's Address to the Belarusian people and the parliament.
On April 21, Alexander Lukashenko will address the people and the parliament in the Oval Hall at a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, the two chambers of Belarus' parliament.
Belarus President: 2017 is a watershed year
Christians all over the world celebrate Easter these days. The coincidence of different calendars is quite rare. This is the case when a special mood reigns in all the churches and prayer houses of Belarus. Festive services began on 15 April and believers greeted the next morning with the words: "Christ is risen!"
Working groups of three ministries to visit Belarusian regions in search of growth points
Problematic issues in all regions of Belarus will be studied by representatives of three ministries. Working groups of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, as well as Construction and Architecture Ministry will meet with heads of districts and organizations, visit enterprises, hold talks with representatives of small and medium-sized businesses.
They will look into opportunities for job creation, wage growth, investment attraction and construction.
Employment in Belarus. Why enterprising people always find job
Safety is the foundation of society, on which you can build economic, social and cultural walls and the political roof should be placed on top. Peace and tranquility allow thinking about income, health, which no income can buy, the family, education, and about the work you love. Sometimes thoughts are only about work. It happens too. In tough economic times, the value of a job increases. People are different: some find their own use but others need help and the state is ready. After all, we are not living in wild capitalism.
Ordinance number 3, new jobs and salaries. Main topics of President Lukashenko's working visit to Mogilev region
President Lukashenko spoke on employment and new jobs created with the participation of foreign capital in Belarus during his working visit to the Mogilev region. Yulia Beshanova has more on the story.
Communication with labor collectives is an integral part of the President's working trips. Issues that interest people are better that official reports in that they speak about the situation in the country in the best way. What worries ordinary Belarusians? Perhaps the most debated document in the country is ordinance number 3 on social dependency.
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to offer all people a job by May 1
To help people find work and to hit the country’s average salary of BYN 1,000 were the orders given by the Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, during a working trip to the Grodno region on 24 March.
The head of state focused on the beginning of the sowing campaign in Belarus and in the region. Speaking about spring field work, the President demanded to cultivate crops only using fertilizers. By the way, the head of state was shown Belarusian equipment for applying mineral and organic substances.
MP: Belarusians concerned about pensions, education and Decree No3
Local authorities in Belarus are willing to listen to people and try to help everyone. They communicate via the phone and eye to eye.
The main task is to individually approach any situation. People are concerned about a variety of problems: employment, education, housing and public services' work. MPs are also willing to help people in need.
President Lukashenko: Situation in Belarus under control
Fair pricing, implementation of decree on social dependency, attempted armed breakthrough on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border and the fifth column in Belarus. The Belarusian President commented on these issues during the visit to the Mogilev Region on March 21.
Belarus' President visiting Mogilev region March 21
Alexander Lukashenko is on a working visit in the Mogilev region on March 21. The head of state will get acquainted with the socio-economic development of the region and readiness of fields to spring sowing.
Irina Kostevich: New plants mean new job vacancies
Should Belarusians be waiting for a reload in the most sensitive sector? Irina Kostevich should have the answer. Recently she was appointed the new Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus.
She is an experienced person in the authority sphere, but before now she had been occupying lower positions. Nevertheless, now she is Belarus’ Minister of Labour and Social Protection.
MP Igor Marzalyuk on protests, freedom and Belarus-EU relations
A strange coincidence: the majority of these visits took place on March 15th. What was so special about that day? What events could encourage the high-ranking guests from respected countries to arrive in Minsk on March 15? Constitution Day? Hardly. This is of course an important date for Belarus but still it's not a public holiday. Maybe, the reason is protest events announced by the opposition on that day? I doubt it!
Belarus may adopt market model of unemployment insurance
The market model of unemployment insurance may be introduced in Belarus. The proposal comes from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Thus, people who lose their jobs will be able to count on a high allowance during the first six months.
Payouts are supposed to equal 60% of the average salary at the last job the person had.
Labor in Belarus needs good PR and marketing specialist
Local authorities will help all the unemployed with finding a job. Such tasks were set for regional, district and city executive committees. However, Gomel region authorities are planning to do a lot more. Jobs will be advertised there. Local newspapers and radio stations will be involved; invitations to vacancy fairs will be brought to everyone’s homes.
Priorities for new Belarus' labor minister
Improving the efficiency of the labor market, income growth and improvement of social support are the priorities for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, said Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Zharko presenting new head Irina Kostevich as the Labor Minister.
She was appointed the day before. The new minister is well versed in the socio-economic environment. She started as a specialist to finally become the first deputy chairwoman of the National Statistics Committee. Prior to that she also held the post of the Deputy Minister of Economy.
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus
Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk.
Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello.
Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus:
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations
While different kinds of managers, politicians and ordinary Belarusians wondered and fantasized and, perhaps, were waiting for the situation to resolve, the President decided not cut the Gordian knot of Decree No3 but gently pulled the necessary strings to untie it. It so happened to the good intentions of decree number 3 - to stimulate those who are out of work, to restore justice in terms of the distribution of social benefits - were not able to live with the current economic reality. And, strictly speaking, the document is not economic or financial.
Social dependency fee payments delayed until 2018 on Belarus President's order
Stability and peace in society remain the most important values for Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko on March 9 raised the most resonant topic for Belarusians. Including decree number 3 on social dependency.
It is not going to be cancelled but people will not have to pay for it. The President announced a number of decisions relating to this document.
First "silent checkouts" open in Belarus
The first “silent tills” were opened in Minsk. Cashiers with hearing disabilities started their work in Minsk shops. At the moment, the social project includes just two Minsk shops, where seven people with hearing disabilities found a job for themselves.
Nevertheless, it is planned that the number of “silent cashiers” will grow , including the possibility of them getting hired in the regions of Belarus.
By the way, the buyers stayed satisfied with the personnel, the level of service rate is high, and situations of misunderstanding do not occur.
Marianna Shchetkina about men in Belarus, gender equality and protection of economy
The Day of Defender has passed and we are now in anticipation of ladies' celebration, on 8 March is approaching, so we will continue the conversation on peace topics with a remarkable woman with high powers, the vice-speaker of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament and chairwoman of the public association Belarusian Union of Women Marianna Shchetkina.
Marianna Akindinovna, hello.
Marianna Shchetkina, deputy chairwoman of the Council of the Republic National Assembly of Belarus:
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian economy needs to have human face
Non-standard measures are necessary to develop the economy - such an idea was voiced at a meeting with the President on February 10. On February 9, Belarus President discussed the possible introduction of the institute of trust management with respect to companies of the republican and municipal property. If you cannot manage property during difficult times, give it to skilled professionals! Yevgeny Pustovoi has more.
Will trust management replace privatization in Belarus?
Belarus may introduce the institution of trust management of enterprises. On February 9, the Government presented the new legislative initiative to the President. Its meaning is simple. Unprofitable plants, factories and state-owned agricultural farms will be given to private investors temporarily (for five years).
The new leadership should help restore the operation of these companies, and in return the temporary managers will keep part of the profits.
Belarus' Economy Ministry wants more contribution from scientists
On February 8 Belarusian MPs discussed economic issues. At the legislative level, they are ready to do everything necessary for stimulating business initiative in the country. The program of social and economic development, which ensures a decent standard of life of Belarusians, requires innovative approaches to its implementation.
Belarus not going to cancel social dependency tax now
In principle, the local authority may decide to redress injustice, if some Belarus are required to pay the so-called social dependency tax but cannot do it for financial reasons. In general, the President sees no need to abolish the decree of the President.
New effective jobs possible in Belarus only in case of sufficient investment activity
Creation of new jobs and investment attraction were discussed on 20 January in the Grodno region. The region is opening up new enterprises with foreign investment and factories are actively attracting foreign direct investment. Now they need to keep up the good job.
One should rely not only on the stock market but also on the activity of local officials, said Mikhail Myasnikovich, head of the Belarus Parliament’s upper chamber.
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list
The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency.
Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax.
The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.
'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness?
A quarter of a century has passed since the collapse of the USSR. The Viskuli agreement was signed December 8, 1991. And we will not leave this topic without attention today either. But first, let me remind you that in the USSR, there was an article of the Criminal Code for social parasitism. People call parasites those who don't work. The state defines this phenomenon as social dependency.
Belarus may abolish 'social parasite' law if it proves ineffective
The decree on the prevention of social dependency will remain in force, but the identified deficiencies will be removed from it. The first results of the fight against parasitism in Belarus were summed up on December 6 at the meeting hosted by the head of state.
The Government has made proposals to amend the document. At the moment, 9,500 people have paid the 'fee for unemployed'.
4,000 did it voluntarily, after the document came into force. In total, 73,000 notices were sent to Belarusians.
Belarus overhauling trade unions system
Belarus is modernizing trade unions that are members of the Belarusian Federation of Trade Unions (FPB).
A decision on the need to merge the related organizations was made at 7th FPB Congress in 2015.
This will enable the organization to more effectively solve problems. In addition, it allows exchanging professional knowledge. In 2016, trade unions in industry, energy, transport and forestry were merged.
The next step is the unification of structures in the Belarus Armed Forces.
Belarus mulling over salary compensation fund for workers of bankrupt enterprises
The Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTU) proposes to establish a fund for the compensation of salaries to workers of bankrupt enterprises. The draft plan is going to be adopted in 2018.
The Council of the Fund will consider all cases individually and determine the size of cash payments.
The FTU believes that the introduction of insurance against loss of earnings would improve the social protection of workers and guarantee payments.
Amended law on employment comes into force on October 24 in Belarus
Unemployed people will be obliged to look for a job on their own. Employer will have to tell about job openings during 5 days. On October 24, a new amendment of the law on employment will be introduced in Belarus. The document involves the stricter punishment for breaking the law.
The period when a person can be unemployed is two times less. It was reduced from 36 to 18 months.
Alexander Lukashenko visits special boarding school No13 in Minsk September 1
How to help children with disabilities adapt and remain on equal footing with others was among the main topics of the Belarus President's September 1 visit to boarding school No13 in Minsk. On Day of Knowledge, the institution visited by the head of state.
Today, this school is attended by 120 children with hearing impairment. All necessary conditions are created for them allowing the children to get exactly the same high school education as in regular schools.
Patent for self-employed in Belarus: new approach to creative business and impetus for economic activity
A new initiative was announced during the meeting of the Council of the Republic.
A new system concerning freelance services can be introduced in Belarus. According to Mikhail Myasnikovich, it will encourage entrepreneurship. There is no such a term as “self-employment” in the legal system of Belarus. Thus, for instance, artisans, people working in agro tourism will acquire a new legal status without registering a sole proprietorship.
Turkey to invest in Belarus' Grodno region
Last week, the Belarus President continued his working trip to the country's regions. This time the focus was on the Grodno region. The visit revealed a number of problems, from restoration of order at enterprises to personnel policy.
Andrei Kobyakov: Belarus' GDP to grow 1.5% in 2017
Export development, branching out into new products and the creation of additional jobs are the main topics of the working trip of the Belarus Prime Minister to the Brest region on August 3.
He is set to visit several companies. Among them are a dairy plant, a machine tool plant, and a private factory for the production of furniture.
15,000 jobs created in Belarus in Q1 2016
The Belarus government has discussed the creation of highly effective and sought-after jobs, as well as progress in employment.
In the beginning of 2016, the President set a task to create 50,000 vacancies annually. In particular, this must be done thanks to new production facilities.
As noted by the Labor Ministry, such enterprises demonstrate higher performance, greater revenues and offer better salaries.
Students from Russia, Ukraine helping renovate Dinamo Stadium in Minsk
Students from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are helping to renovate Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. All in all, there are 35 students employed. Many of these guys worked here in the past year.
Now they are carrying out earthworks, fastening rebars and pouring concrete. The international "squad" receives free food as well as a cultural and sports program.
Belarus' trade unions analyze issues raised during 5th All-Belarusian National Assembly
More than 300 trade union members discussed job saving, labor laws and improvement of working conditions in Minsk June 29. The Federation of Trade Unions raised all these issues at the fifth All-Belarusian People's Assembly.
Now the main task of trade unions is to bring the key points of the development strategy of the country to every Belarusian. The Federation will also work out a clear algorithm according to which the federation will be working in the next five years.
Belarus may optimize state apparatus
Belarus retains the social policy course in the coming years. It should be based on an addressed basis. Marianna Shchetkina, Minister of Labor and Social Security, reported on the main priorities of this sector from the rostrum of the All-Belarusian People's Assembly. For example we 25,000 children face parental divorce each year.
Another question was the optimization of the state apparatus.
Belarus President: Redenomination is politically important
A calm and orderly conduct of the redenomination in Belarus is important including from a political point of view, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a working meeting with Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov and chairman of the National Bank of Belarus Pavel Kallaur.
The head of state noted that Belarus was preparing for the redenomination for several years, and it was proposed to hold it on January 1, 2017. However, it was rescheduled for July 1, 2016.
CTV Channel team partakes in national voluntary Saturday working campaign
The CTV Channel took part in the voluntary working day, called subbotnik in Belarus and some other former Soviet Union nations. TV presenters, reporters and cameramen that day ditched microphones and cameras and took shovels and other tools to tidy up Minsk.
Those who usually make news made their contribution to the main news of the day - the subbotnik general beautification campaign. In Minsk, the CTV staff worked on land adjacent to the office and the nearby Marat Kazei Park.
Belarus President: 2016 should be decisive in dealing with negative economic trends
2016 should become decisive in combating negative trends in Belarus' economy, said President Alexander Lukashenko today in his State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly.
The Head of State drew attention to the fact that in the last few years, the pace of development in the economy slowed down a bit. And although this is mainly down to external factors, one needs to work at home to resolve the issues.
Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres
On March 15, the Belarus president discussed the improving of the efficiency of government agencies, timeliness of salaries payment and job creation at a meeting on some issues of social and fiscal spheres. Taking part in it were officials from the Presidential Administration, the Government, Ministers of Finance and Labour and Social Security. The main task today is the creation of 50,000 jobs. However, all the necessary conditions should be created for this purpose.
World Bank to take part in financing reform of Belarus' public finances
In the near future, Belarus plans to attract financing of the World Bank to reform the public finances sector, Head of International Technical Assistance Department of the Economy Ministry Ivan Belchik said at a briefing in Minsk on October 22.
Asked whether there are any plans to seek international technical assistance for structural reforms in the country, the Ministry of Economy representative said that such projects are already being implemented.
How will Belarus' economy be developing in the coming five years?
The standard of living in Belarus should grow. This was discussed October 20 at a meeting on topical issues of development of the country held by the President. The focus was on economic growth, labor protection of citizens, the retirement age and the state's responsibility.
Belarus President hits at gradual economic reforms
The government for the future five years and all authorities had been mainly formed before the October 11 presidential election, stated President Alexander Lukashenko on October 20 the meeting on current issues of the country's development.
The President and the Presidential Administration together with the Government and the governors reviewed forecast indicators of socio-economic development.
Vocational education system working smoothly in Belarus, deputy premier Natalia Kochanova says
October 1 Minsk brought together teachers and masters of vocational training institutions for a ceremony to honor the best graduates. The vocational training system in Belarus is 75 years old. This is the main source of staff for Belarus' real economy. Our country, in contrast to neighboring countries, did not break this system but on the contrary tried to give it a new impetus.
Directive No1 good for public safety in Belarus, information minister says
Discipline and order. The implementation of the Directive number 1 was reviewed in Mogilev. The Minister of Information of Belarus noted at the meeting that the document has played a positive role in ensuring public safety.
The number of accidents related to industrial injuries has significantly reduced.However, all the efforts of employers are in vain if there is no workers' personal responsibility for their lives and health.
Why did Belarus need Directive No1 on strengthening of labor discipline in 2004?
The so-called Directive No1 sets out basic points of the rule of law, order and labor discipline. The document has been in force for over 10 years.
It was signed in March 2004 by President Lukashenko.
There were a lot of prerequisites for the signing of that document back then. Among the major ones were:
failure to comply with fire safety requirements;
death under circumstances not related to occupational hazard;
neglect of safety precautions;
violation of labor discipline.
Belarus President's Directive No.1 on strengthening public safety and discipline may be updated
New measures to strengthen public safety and discipline. The President's directive, adopted back in 2004, may be updated. On August 6, a meeting was hosted by the Belarusian head of state on the feasibility of adopting a new document or making amendments to the existing one.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, the document, if adopted, should be specific and not contain formalism.
"You can find job. All you need is true desire." How do Belarusians seek jobs today?
"You can find work, it would wish." How do Belarusians look for work today?
In H1 2015, more than 300 new businesses were registered. By the end of the year, according to forecasts, this figure could double. By the way, half of the new production facilities have already begun work. Their discovery will greatly replenish the capital's job bank. It is small business that is the main source of new jobs today. State support is provided to startups in Belarus too.
Alexander Lukashenko sends draft of decree "On the promotion of employment of citizens" for revision
There should not be social dependency in Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko on January 13 held a meeting on the draft decree "On the promotion of employment of citizens."
In fact, it is about to make to pay for the social benefit those who do not pay taxes but receives salary illegally or engaged in the informal sector of the economy.
Back in October 2014, the President instructed to develop measures against such citizens. There are about 500,000 of them in Belarus.