Naftan strike leader Brytsikava fired

Volha Brytsikava. Photo: Bulletin of Naftan

Volha Brytsikava, Head of the Oil Products Sales Department of Naftan, has worked at the enterprise for 16 years. Yesterday was her last working day. The woman links her dismissal with active participation in the preparation of the strike, writes. The order to dismiss Brytsikava was issued in connection with the “denied access to state secrets.”

“I was ready to fight against them constantly trying to ascribe to us a violation of labor discipline, but in my case the case turned out to be different. Now I must first carefully read the grounds for denying me access to the state secret and deal with it. So far, to be honest, it’s been a shock,” Brytsikava told the portal.

On August 17, during active mass protests of workers at a number of factories, she voiced the demands of the Naftan team at a meeting of workers with the then head of the State Control Committee Ivan Tsertsel.

The workers of the enterprise demanded to investigate the facts of violence against the protesters and to schedule new presidential elections.

In September, Brytsikava was reprimanded for absenteeism on August 20 for the first time in her entire career at Naftan, when a woman was counting the signatures of those who supported the strike. In October, she and other employees who recorded a video message to the Belarusians were sent a summons to the prosecutor’s office. Thirty factory workers signed the appeal.