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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Labor-Control Decree

MINSK, Belarus -- Unable to ensure hard work by underpaid, impoverished state workers under Belarus' Soviet-style economy, President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday moved to impose labor discipline by decree.

Most people are employed by the state in Belarus, as the government allows hardly any serious private enterprise. The average wage is the equivalent of $30 a month - $15 for state farmers - and people have little incentive to put in a good day's work.

The decree requires labor contracts to be concluded with all workers in the country - from farm laborers to directors of large enterprises. Anyone who refuses to sign a labor agreement would be fired, the decree says.