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Labour market under crisis pressure

Olga Kuzina, the superior research fellow at the HSE Lab for Studies in Economic Sociology, reveals social impact of the crises.

"Not everybody who is actually unemployed can be formally unemployed," Olga Kuzina, a sociologist at the Higher School of Economics. "Their employers ask them not to come to work and cannot pay them."

Without their salaries, these workers suffer the same problems as the unemployed, but are unable to receive any official support providing retraining or further employment.

"Without redundancies the influence of the crisis will be greater because more people are affected," she said. "In these circumstances it is impossible to help these people and so, in economic terms, it is less efficient."

The government should "give the skills and education that people lack to the unemployed," said Kuzina. "That will be more efficient than keeping them in the position where they are employed and waiting for the crisis to be over."

"Very few people want to protest or think that protests can help them overcome the crisis or change the situation," said Kuzina. "There is no social basis for protests right now."

Olga Kuzina for the Moscow News

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