Don’t pay court compensation at our expense!
War veterans, people with disabilities and those who suffered from the Chernobyl Disaster have asked the government to recall a draft bill which guarantees payment of compensation awarded by courts against the State and proposes using money allocated in the Budget for ensuring social benefits to pay this compensation
New head of Anti-Corruption Committee sees no need for more laws
Valery Bevz, National Deputy from the Communist Party says that the Verkhovna Rada Committee’s focus will now be on strengthening parliamentary control over implementation of laws already adopted since, in his opinion, there are enough of them for fighting such criminal behaviour
Draft bill on Bureau on Anti-Corruption Investigations sent back for reworking
Continuing lack of progress on creating such a Bureau, envisaged in the anti-corruption legislation revoked in December and vital for Ukraine’s chances of an easing in visa requirements, as well as to comply with GRECO recommendations
Anti-corruption draft law needs refining
Representative of Transparency International in Ukraine, Oleksiy Khmara believes that the single-handed control by the President over the entire anti-corruption system proposed could enable the President to exert decisive influence on those in power from local to the highest leve
Draft Labour Code: small business and employees’ rights
The draft Labour Code proposes a number of new elements in regulating the work of employees in a small business with these being much less favourable than those for other employees.
Small business owners renew their protest
According to the head of the Assembly of Civic Organizations of Small and Medium Business, his organization is from Tuesday beginning an indefinite protest demanding review of the Tax Code and an end to persecution of Tax Code protesters
Ukraine faces seriously negative consequences from GRECO following the scrapping of all anti-corruption legislation, the Government Ombudsperson and Bureau on Anti-Corruption Policy, with no indication of when any alternative measures will be passed
AI Urgent Action: Trade union activist still facing examination
Andrei Bondarenko has no record of mental illness and has undergone three voluntary psychiatric examinations to assess his mental health, the most recent of which was in October 2010
The Tax Code as a means of destroying the press
Oleksy Pohoryelov, General Director of the Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers has published a highly critical assessment of the ramifications of the new Tax Code for the press
What the draft Labour Code holds for working women
The author outlines a number of provisions in the draft Labour Code which worsen the position of working women
Work in Ukraine’s Shadow Economy
Between one and a half and two million Ukrainians work without the necessary legal documents and, therefore, protection, while around 300 thousand work in conditions which do not comply with health and safety requirements
Some thoughts regarding criminal cases against Tax Code Protesters
The author considers that the criminal cases are immoral
Assembly of Small and Medium Level Business Civic Organizations speak out against repression
The Assembly of Small and Medium Level Business Civic Organizations of Ukraine has issued an appeal regarding repressive measures taken against those who took part in the mass protest on Kyivs Maidan Nezalezhnosti against the new Tax Code
Criminal investigation against yet another Tax Code protester
On 13 January one of the protesters against the new Tax Code, Roman Fedchuk, was summoned to the police where he was officially informed that a criminal case has been initiated.
OECD urges Ukraine to put anti-corruption declarations into actions
Ukraine has made little progress in tackling corruption over the past four years, despite regular pledges from the country’s leaders to take action, according to a new OECD report
Parliament allows officials to continue concealing income and expenditure
The Verkhovna Rada has failed to support a draft law which would have obliged high-ranking public officials carrying out State and local self-government functions and members of their family to declare income and expenditure
Ukraine trailing all European countries in economic freedom ratings
According to the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom published by the The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Ukraine has the worst rating of 43 countries in Europe and is in 164th place out of 179 countries. Its figures have been getting worse for several years in a row.
Undermining the Tax Code Protesters’ Maidan?
The authorities are for the nth time shooting themselves in the foot, and seem incapable of grasping that methods of force against ones own people are doomed to crashing defeat.
Call for Veto on Law alleged to restrict inconvenient trade unions
Ukraine’s trade union leaders are demanding that the President vetoes the Law on Social Dialogue which they believe imposes discrimination and restricts the rights of trade union organizations not close to the regime