Opposition Communists propose 7-hour working day

At the II Plenum of the Central Committee of the Party “Fair World” (before 2009, it was called Belarusian Party of Communists) adopted a corresponding document.

“Today’s 8-hour working day was established in our country as a result of the victory of the Great October Socialist Revolution. Over the past hundred years, the economy of Belarus has grown dozens of times, but the length of the working week has remained unchanged,” reads the press-release of the party.

“Fair World” notes that “today the duration of the working week in most European countries is shorter than it is in Belarus. For example, in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain, the working week is less than 36 hours”.

“The Belarusian Party of the Left “Fair World” puts forward an initiative to reduce the maximum working hours to 7 hours, while the working week — to 35 hours, without reducing the earnings of workers,” reads the statement.

The national campaign for limiting working hours was initiated by party head Syarhei Kalyakin on June 8. Then the politician suggested combining the beginning of the campaign with the elections to the House of Representatives. Parliamentary elections will be held on November 17, 2019.