Russian Post dismisses employee after he complains about small salary

Russian Post dismisses employee after he complains about small salary
Anastasia Burakova and Pyotr Trofimov Photo: Open Russia

Human rights activists called the state-owned company action illegal punishment and sued it.

In St. Petersburg, Russian Post fired Pyotr Trofimov, who shortly before that had complained about his salary of 14,000 rubles ($ 210), “for putting newspapers not deep enough.” The said reason does not meet the conditions of the labor contract, human rights activists from Open Russia said. The organization’s lawyer filed a lawsuit in the city court for compensation for non-pecuniary damage and lost earnings during the period of the unlawful dismissal.

“In a hurry, the Russian Post did not see that part of the duties for which the postman was ‘punished’ is not stipulated by the employment contract. The Russian Post attempted to rectify the situation on the day of the dismissal by giving him a sheet of familiarization with the new job description, which Pyotr, of course, did not sign,” lawyer Anastasia Burakova said.

In addition, during the week, the employer imposed “three penalties at once with an irregular sequence” on Trofimov. The lawyers demanded to pay the former postman 210,000 rubles ($ 3,150). The court ruled in favor of the applicant.

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