Russian companies are cutting jobs and salaries

Typical capitalism

About a third of Russian enterprises (29%) forced their employees to go on unpaid leave during the quarantine. 49% of companies transferred their workers to part-time with a reduction in wages, 20% of enterprises reduced their employees’ wages without changing their working hours. Dismissal of personnel started in 16% of companies.

"It is either death of capitalism OR death because of capitalism!"
«It is either death of capitalism OR death because of capitalism!»

Russian capitalists have found a way out of this situation. As expected, employers solve problems at the expense of workers: some are sent on forced holidays, some are reduced in wages, and others are simply fired. In general, this decision is quite standard for bourgeois society — in the entire history of capitalism, the main burdens of crises and wars fell on the shoulders of the working classes.

At the same time, capitalists come out of such crises even richer, and the working people get only poorer. So it is now: the coronavirus epidemic has become a good pretext in order to “optimize” the number of employees and reduce wages “temporarily”. However, all these “temporary” measures will eventually become permanent: no one will raise their salaries, nor reinstate the dismissed employees.

In these conditions, workers have choice. People can continue to endure and get even more impoverished, and then what is left of their social and political rights will be taken away from them, too. If they do not want such a destiny, then they must begin to unite and fight for their interests, successively defending them first at their enterprise, and then throughout the country. We see that the working people of many countries go this way, and they achieve certain success on this path. Russian workers also have some experience in the struggle: in the late 90s, the Russian government, frightened by protests, introduced liability for non-payment of wages; in the mid-2000s, scared by mass protests again, the Russian authorities were forced to change the benefit monetization scenario to a milder one.

Thus, the coronavirus epidemic and the economic crisis have already led to layoffs, lower wages and other difficult consequences for workers. The working people can improve their situation only through a stubborn, organized struggle for their interests, forcing the capitalists to make concessions.