Jan. 25, 2012 The FPSU trade union confederation organised a meeting in December to highlight the continuing and serious abuse of trade union rights. The roundtable agreed a clear resolution with messages to the parliament, president, council of ministers, ombudsman and prosecutor general and supreme court calling for action to defend trade union rights and to abide by the International Labour Organisation conventions on the right to association and right to collective bargaining.
Nov. 11, 2011 Around 1000 members of EPSU affiliate the Trade Union of the National Ukrainian Academy of Sciences took part in a protest outside the government and parliament on 19 October. They were calling for an increase in the Academy’s budget for 2012 not just to ensure better pay for workers but also to ensure that the Academy continued to maintain the level and quality of its research work.
Oct. 21, 2011 The FPSU trade union confederation, backed by public sector unions, organized a national demonstration on 17 October to highlight poverty pay and the failure of the government to participate in proper social dialogue with the trade unions. The unions had a broad range of demands on pensions and low pay as well as calling for the end to wage discrimination in the public sector and introduction of a unified pay scale.Read more at > FPSU (UKr)
Mar. 22, 2011 On 11 March the FPSU trade union federation organised a protest outside the Kiev offices of the International Monetary Fund, calling on it to change its proposals to increase the pension age for women as well as the number of years of contributions to get a pension. The unions argue that they have alternative proposals to improve funding of the pension system that will be more effective than the cuts targeted at women.Read more at > FPSU (UK)
Dec. 21, 2010 Austerity measures are not just biting across the European Union. On 9 December, President Viktor Yanukovych ordered the Cabinet of Ministers to cut the number of civil servants working in central bodies of the executive by at least 30% and the number of civil servants working for the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers by at least 50% as part of a process of central government reorganization.
Oct. 08, 2010 On the even of the World Day for Decent Work, the FPSU trade union confederation highlighted the continuing problem of wage arrears. Although the situation had improved since the beginning of the year, workers were still owed UAH 1.5 billion (€135 million) in back pay with the state sector one of the worst affected. The Confederation also pointed out the problem of low pay the health sector and the need for a higher minimum wage. The government says it is aiming at a minimum wage of UAH 1004 by the end of 2011 but the union target is UAH 1655.
Sep. 22, 2010 Trade union representatives were involved in a meeting with the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to discuss the social and economic impact of IMF policies in the country. It was agreed to create a joint task force to examine the impact on wages with the participation of the government, local authorities, the FPU trade union confederations and other trade unions, employers and the IMF. The meeting also agreed to investigate new ways of bringing stability to the pensions system and to develop further social dialogue with the participation of the IMF.
Aug. 31, 2010 The FTUU trade union confederation organized a demonstration on 17 August in protest at government policies, including a public sector pay freeze, that are being imposed as a result of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund. Read more at > EPSU (EN)
Apr. 01, 2010 President Viktor Yanukovych met with the FPU trade union confederation and other trade union representatives on 19 March to discuss a range of issues related to tackling the economic crisis. He underlined the importance of consultation with the unions, particularly over key social and economic issues and said he would personally promote adoption of the law on social dialogue by the Parliament. Yanukovych also affirmed the need for consultation with unions over setting state and local government budgets and to achieve a decent wage as an increase in purchasing power was vital for economic development. FPU president Vasyl Khara agreed that social dialogue with the government needed to improve and submitted a number of proposals on this. Meanwhile the FPU has also issued a statement criticising international financial institutions for imposing policies on Ukraine that include higher gas prices and taxes while freezing pensions and the minimum wage. The Confederation also calls for changes to the wages system that leaves two third of workers in education, culture, health and social security on below average wages and the majority below the poverty line.
Nov. 16, 2009 Unions have welcomed the fact that President Yuschenko has signed a bill increasing pay and pensions despite a call by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Prime Minister to veto the bill. The IMF says that the implementing the bill requires an increase in public spending above the limits it set as part of its loan package conditions. The FPU union confederation had had a video conference with IMF head office in order to stress the need to tackle poverty in the country. It then picketed the IMF offices in the Ukraine in protest at the failure of the institution’s insistence on imposing the same conditions for its loan package.Read more at > FSPU (UKr/EN)
Jan. 06, 2009 Public and private sector unions joined forces in regional protests on 17 December and in a national demonstration on 23 December focusing on the economic crisis and the need to protect the living standards of workers and pensioners. The FPSU confederation drew up a series of demands aimed at the government, parliament, local authorities, central bank and employers calling for an increased minimum wage, payment of wages in arrears and a withdrawal of planned increases to energy costs and other basic elements of the cost of living. EPSU and PSI both sent messages of support.Read more at > FPSU (EN)-> http://www.fpsu.org.ua/eng/news/ukraine-world/20081225-003/][And more at > FPSU (EN)And more at > FPSU (EN)
Aug. 20, 2008 On Wednesday, August 6, the Trade Union of Gas Facilities Workers of Ukraine organized a demonstration to demand a review of the tariffs for gas transportation and delivery. More than 3,000 trade union members - employees of gas distribution companies picketed the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Ivan Yarovy, chairman of the trade union, said that higher tariffs would enable gas distribution companies to increase the wages of all their employees. Besides, regional gas distribution companies' low tariffs for transportation of natural gas were the main reason for the increase in the number of accidents in gas networks. Participants in the rally warmly welcomed a letter of support from PSI general secretary, Peter Waldorf.
Jan. 09, 2007 As the Ukrainian parliament debates the 2007 budget, the Ukrainian Trade Union Federation (FPU) won support from the president to get a significant increase in the minimum wage and minimum pension. The FPU also reports that the president supports measures to improve social dialogue in the country by establishing a legal framework for social dialogue at national, regional and local level.Read more at > FPU (EN)And at > FPU (EN)