Oct. 28, 2016 (October 2016) At a meeting with trade unions on 18 October, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman said that the issue of the wage system reform is one of the most important priorities of the Governmen, along with further increases to social standards. He said: ‘It is very important for us that every hryvnia that could be invested in improving the social standards should be used for that. It is our priority." The unions have welcomed a doublling of the minimum wage to UAH 3200 (EUR 115) from 1 January 2017.
Aug. 16, 2016 (August 2016) The Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine along with public sector trade unions have called on the government to take urgent action to increase public budgets. The unions argue that there is not enough money allocated to pay public sector wages for the whole year. Healthcare alone requires an extra UAH 2.58 billion (EUR 90 million). The unions argue that the shortfall in budgets is undermining workers’ rights as they are forced to take unpaid leave or shift to a part-time work and are losing out on other payments.
Jul. 11, 2016 (July 2016) Trade unions organised a major protest with over 50000 joining the march against government plans to double energy prices and a the cost of a range of communal services. The unions have been calling for a range of alternative actions, including a 15% general pay rise, an increase to the minimum wage and a fair reform of the wages system. Read more at EPSU.
Jul. 06, 2016
(6 July) EPSU sends solidarity greetings to all the Ukrainian unions taking part in the demonstration today.
Jun. 20, 2016 (June 2016) The union for National Academy of Sciences Workers organised a demonstration outside the parliament on 15 June call for a major increase in spending on science spending. The union points out that, according to the final provisions of the Law on Science, such funding should be 1.7% of GDP by 1 January 2020, but last year it was only 0.3% of GDP, and this year is 0.2%. The lack of funding is having a direct impact on science workers and if there is no increase then employees of the National Academy will either have to go on unpaid leave or work part-time. This is part of a long running campaign by the union which also organised a protest over funding in April.
Feb. 18, 2016 EPSU LetterBackground infoEPSU has written to the Speaker of the Parliament and head of the social affairs committee to express its serious concern about proposed changes to labour law. The changes would impose restrictions on trade unions in terms of membership rights, elections as well as introducing new requirements on publishing financial information. The letter underlines that a number of the proposals are in conflict with International Labour Organisation conventions.
Dec. 18, 2015 UKR-ProtestA large trade union demonstration gathered outside the parliament on 17 December in protest at the latest state budget, drafted under the auspices of the Internationl Monetary Fund. The unions have put forward their own alternative social and employment proposals to counter a budget that will mean more job cuts and as well wage freezes and no change to the living wage. The unions argue that this an economic disaster as well as a social one.Read more at > FPU (UKR)
Aug. 17, 2015 The FPU trade union confederation and SEEU state workers' union have written to the President calling for the unions to have a clear role in proposed administrative reform and the pay of local and national civil servants. The union points out that state workers are vital to ensuring that the planned reforms are implemented effectively but they have faced a significant real terms cut in pay. Salaries haven't been reviewed for eight years and high inflation has taken its toll on purchasing power. One key target for the unions is to set a minimum civil service salary at twice the national minimum wage.
Jul. 30, 2015 Letter to ILOLetter to parliamentThe ITUC along with the national confederations - FPU and KVPU - have written to the International Labour Organisation to raise serious concerns about draft legislation that has just passed through its first reading in parliament. The Confederations argue that, if passed, the legislation will undermine trade union autonomy and restrict international union democracy. The joint letter calls for an evaluation by the ILO on the basis that the law would conflict Convention 87 on the freedom of association. The joint trade union body has also written to the chair of the parliament setting out the issues in more detail.
Jun. 26, 2015 Conciliation agreementUnions' demands on governmentAfter several weeks of rallies and picketing the national confederations in dispute with the government over wages, pensions and issues such as energy prices, have agreed to join a Conciliation Commission. However, the confederations have also raised serious concerns with the government about the role of security services in intimidating trade unions leaders. The confederations have received support from the International Trade Union Confederation which has written to the government calling on it to immediately stop the harassment.Read more at > ITUC (EN)
May. 28, 2015 FPU in constitutional process ENThe government has agreed to the proposal of the FPU trade union confederation to include trade union representatives in the Commission set up to discuss changes to the constitution. This will give unions a say in key elements of the constitution, particularly those based on conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The Ukraine has ratified 62 conventions and another 5-7 are being prepared for further ratification. The unions see this as especially important in the context of the ILO Convention No. 81 on Labour Inspection. Also important is article 44 which guarantees the right to strike. The unions say that the law on settlement of collective labour disputes and realisation of the right to strike have been delayed for months. Further information is in the FPU statement.
May. 15, 2015 Trade unions are in dispute with the government and employers over a range of issues including labour rights and social guarantees. Among the key demands are the call to: repay wage arrears; raise the minimum wage to the level of subsistence; index wages to inflation in 2014-2015; implement European principles of openness of government and conduct effective social dialogue. Trade unions have been using the International Labour Organisation and national legislation to try to assert their rights as well as large-scale industrial and territorial protests.
Apr. 29, 2015 The Federation of Trade Unions has written a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) calling for a softening of the IMF's conditions applied to its financial assistance for the country. The Federation points out that a combination of rising prices and wage arrears has left around 30% of the population below the poverty line. The unions want action to protect the poor and low paid and improved public finances based on a more progressive tax system. The Federation is also calling for a transparent and constructive dialogue with the government and for an agreement with the IMF that provides safeguards for decent work and contributes to a reduction in inequality.
Jan. 27, 2015 ITUC ETUC to Chairman Verkhovna Rade re Support for Social Dialogue 0115The ITUC and ETUC global and European trade union confederations have written to the President, Prime Minister and Parliament to call for respect for social dialogue. While recognising the very difficult political and economic circumstances facing the country the Confederations argue that these should not be used to justify unilateral action. They quote the EU's High Representative Federica Mogherini who has underlined the importance of social dialogue in countries' democratic development. The intervention of the ITUC and ETUC follows a national demonstration by trade unions on 23 December. Read more at > FPSU (UK)