Ukraine: large-scale attack on workers' and trade union rights continues

Due to active mobilization of Ukrainian trade unions and massive solidarity support from international trade union movement during 2019-2020 anti-workers draft laws that liberalize labour legislation and restrict trade union rights and their participation in social dialogue at all levels were postponed or rejected.

However, in November 2020, the Government, taking advantage of quarantine restrictions on mass gatherings and public events, resumed the promotion of a number of draft laws with the same liberal norms discriminating workers’ and trade union rights.

Once again the onslaught on workers’ rights made Ukrainian trade unions to mobilize and go to the street. On 2-3 December, national trade unions picketed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

The trade unions demand to withdraw anti-social draft laws from the Parliament and provide for additional funding of education, science, health care, defense and aircraft construction and other sectors in the State Budget 2021.

The Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine has put forward its own demands to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine addressing the problems of education and science:

  • To ensure funding of the education sector of not less than 7% of GDP, as provided by Article 78 of the Law of Ukraine on Education

  • To approve a new salary scheme of education workers developed according to the Article 61 of the Law of Ukraine on Education applying 1.5 coefficient from 1 January 2021 as agreed with trade unions.

  • To provide for a full governmental subvention to local budgets based on the number of classes, not students. Not to cut the education financing while reviewing the draft State Budget between first and second readings.

  • To provide local budgets with an additional education subvention in 2021 to maintain educational institutions

  • To introduce state health insurance of educators against COVID-19

  • To provide for the possibility to use the State COVID19 Fund to finance the needs of educational institutions.

  • To prevent the abolition of reduced transport fees for students and pupils.

  • To prevent the interference of public authorities in the statutory activities of trade unions. 

International Department

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