Meeting with Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda
is necessary to organize and carry out the forthcoming campaign to
elect members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly
in a decent, beautiful, and honest manner. Belarus President Aleksandr
Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he met with Chairman of the
Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda on 2 May.
head of state expects trade unions to take an active part in the
election campaign. “Don’t go far away from the pre-election campaign –
together with public organizations, government agencies, political
parties may play some role in the process regardless of whether they are
opposition ones or, as we say, pro-government ones. We should decently,
beautifully and honestly organize this process,” Aleksandr Lukashenko
are now in quite a large electoral cycle – the parliamentary elections
followed by the presidential election. You understand perfectly well
that no other organization in Belarus is more organized and united than
our trade unions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.
is why the head of state spoke in favor of broad and vigorous inclusion
of the trade unions in election processes, particularly at the stage of
the parliamentary elections. It is particularly true for work in
election commissions which core is traditionally represented by
teachers, medics, and members of the Federation of Trade Unions of
Belarus. “I would very much like you to provide support to municipal
authorities in the course of setting up the commissions and organizing
the entire pre-election process,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
unions are also expected to actively nominate candidates during the
forthcoming parliamentary elections. “Those are experienced people,
representatives of labor collectives. Such people should be promoted and
nominated. We need good specialists, who could work in the parliament.
You’ve worked in the parliament and know that it is hard labor,” the
President said. “This is why it is very important for us to see sensible
President noted that pricing remains the number one issue for people,
and therefore should be in the center of attention of trade unions. “You
defend the interests, first of all, [and this is how you position
yourselves] of workers, our people. People are very concerned over
prices. We are not that rich to buy products at crazy prices, especially
those manufactured in the country: food, clothing, and other goods,” he
is a particularly important issue for vulnerable population groups such
as veterans, pensioners. “They do not care about foreign brands and
prefer to wear and eat the things that are produced in Belarus. How much
these things cost depend, in many things, on us,” the President noted.
head of state recalled that he had already spoken out about the need to
monitor pricing on the part of the FTUB and wondered about the progress
in this work. “I asked to create a clear system and monitor prices in
Belarus. What is the progress here? Why do people constantly draw our
attention to this issue in any sociological survey? This issue is among
the priority ones,” Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTUB) has bestowed the medal 115
Years of Trade Unions of Belarus upon Belarus President Aleksandr
Lukashenko. The Belarusian head of state expressed gratitude for the
award at the meeting with FTUB Chairman Mikhail Orda.
“Thank you for the award and for the fact that you remember that I once headed the organization,” the President said.
to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the medal will be kept in the Palace of
Independence museum which features all the awards and presents to the
Orda explained that the decision to award Aleksandr Lukashenko with the
medal was taken at the meeting of the Presidium of the Federation of
Trade Unions of Belarus. “We have decided to honor you with the medal as
the country pursues the policy towards building a social state and
keeps social matters high on the agenda,” the FTUB chairman said.