Compulsory reduced working time in Belarus: Incidence, operation and consequences

Danilovich, Hanna, Croucher, Richard and Makovskaya, Natalia (2017) Compulsory reduced working time in Belarus: Incidence, operation and consequences. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 38 (4). pp. 723-740. ISSN 0143-831X

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Abstract

This article examines compulsory reduced working time (CRWT) in five Belarusian factories, to assess its impact on employment relationships and evaluate arguments about ‘Soviet legacies’ and labour ‘patience’. Local use of CRWT increased between 2001 and 2012, and took a form more inimical to worker interests, thereby differing from official macro statistics. Managers expressed discontent at being pushed by state policy to use CRWT, but used it as a disciplinary tool. Workers perceived worsening work relationships and threats of collective response were in evidence. Arguments about ‘Soviet legacies’ and labour’s ‘patience’ therefore currently appear inappropriate.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: first published on June 11, 2015
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 18744
Notes on copyright: Gold OA paid for.
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Depositing User: Hanna Danilovich
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 10:55
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 00:34
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18744

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