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October 1st, 2002. Posted in News from Belarus

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National strike of entrepreneurs has begun

On October, 1st, 2002 national strike of entrepreneurs of Belarus with the termination of payment of taxes and other payments in the budget has begun. In strike takes part, more than 190.entrepreneurs and the persons working on hiring, practically from all cities of Belarus.

Entrepreneurs of Grodno, Vitebsk, Brest, Minsk, Bobruisk have , Ivanovo, Pinsk, Zhuchin, Slonim, Baranovich, Zelva, Volkovytsk, Leads, Polotsk, Novopolotsk, Slutsk, Mogilyov, Soligorsk, Gomel, Molodechno, Borisov, Zhodino and many other cities declared the participation in strike. Special activity is shown by entrepreneurs of Grodno and the Grodno area where, basically, all large markets and mini-markets do not work. Only for 20-30 percent the markets of Gomel, Vitebsk, Mogilyov have been filled. In Minsk does not work more than 70 % of entrepreneurs. In some other cities has not come to work more than 80 % of entrepreneurs.

For history of Belarus it is the third, from the moment of the beginning of board of A.Lukashenka, strike of entrepreneurs where except economic requirements the political are put forward also. As well as the previous strikes, the given strike is organized by Strike Committee of entrepreneurs of Belarus.

The basic requirements of the striking are:

- Against introduction of cash summarizing devices and obligatory opening of settlement accounts in bank for the persons paying the uniform tax.

- Against the decree of the president of Belarus about social insurance.

- Against enslaving contracts on rent of places and shops.

- Against unreasonably high rent for trading places.

- Against certification of the goods in the markets on which certification is not necessary (except the children’s goods and a foodstuff)

- Against obligatory registration in tax bodies of waybills for transportation and storage of the goods.

- Against confiscation at entrepreneurs of property and the goods to formal and far-fetched signs.

- Against introductions of factor two in the uniform tax to the goods of import manufacture

- Against liquidation of the markets in Minsk (“Tractor”, etc.)

- For decrease in the uniform tax twice

- For the termination of extortion of bribes by various supervising bodies

- For the termination of introduction of new kinds of requisitions and taxes for the persons paying the uniform tax.

- For acceleration of procedure of obligatory certification and hygienic registration of the goods (a deadline – three days).

- For increase in period of validity of the certificate or the certificate of hygienic registration till 2 years.
- For support of the domestic manufacturer (It is offered for the entrepreneurs trading in the domestic goods to enter factor in the uniform tax – 0, 5.)

- For the offer for country councils of deputies and the Minsk city council of deputies about reduction of rates of the uniform tax in all cities to level of 2001 (to us it is not clear why real incomes of the population fall, and the uniform tax increases).

- For A.Lukashenka’s reschedule resignation from a post of the president of Belarus.

Chairman of Strike Committee of entrepreneurs Valery Levaneuski

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Note: Translated by means of machine translation. The original text in Russian is on a site www.levonevsky.org or www.levonevski.net
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