New anti-corruption law better than its predecessor
The basic package of documents on fighting corruption has already been adopted and should come into force from January 2010. These laws are longstanding commitments to European institutions
Ukrainian gastarbeiter: no chance of returning
Studies suggest that Ukrainian labour migrants even in conditions of crisis will remain where there is a more realistic chance of finding and retaining a job and “real money”
Number of people in Ukraine still falling, only bureaucrats on the rise
There is already talk of the demographic situation being a threat to national security, and some specialists consider that if the trend cannot be stopped, the country will be confronted with the need to call for immigrants
On illegal mines in the Donbass region and where the Police and other authorities are not looking
Everybody knows about the illegal mines in eastern Ukraine, but nobody does anything about it. The police have left people to the devices of thieves and bandits.
“Public necessity” could deprive any of us of our private property
The ambiguity of terminology and provisions in the 17 November law on expropriation provides wide scope for various legal manoeuvres.. It is unlikely that those who drew it up and the over 300 National Deputies who voted for it were unaware of this
Increase in social standards: myth or reality?
The Verkhovna Rada has passed, and the President signed, a Law “On establishing the subsistence minimum and the minimum wage” which envisages an increase from November 2009 of basic social standards. Yet nobody has even considered how this law should be implemented.
Ukraine violating the right to collective negotiations
The ILO National Coordinator in Ukraine has said that Ukraine is constantly breaching the ILO Convention on Freedom of Association and the right to organize collective negotiations which is guaranteed both employees and employers
Law on expropriation passed despite presidential veto
The law allows the authorities to buy up land sites and constructions on them which are owned by individuals or legal entities with the list of “public needs” entitling them to take this decision seeming worryingly long
Political chaos in Ukraine has exacerbated corruption
According to Transparency Internationals Corruption Perceptions Index 2009, the political crisis has led to a fall in Ukraines rating from 2.5 in 2008 to 2.2 in 2009. This is one of the worst readings for Ukraine over the decades that such figures have been published
No registration – no rights: the plight of Ukraines homeless
While the old system of mandatory “propiska”, or registration, was abolished as unconstitutional, it remains difficult without registration to gain access to many services such as medical care and education
According to an Accounting Chamber audit, the measures taken by the authorities to eliminate the consequences of the devastating floods in Western Ukraine a year ago have been pitifully inadequate
Strike at the Yanovska Factory may be resumed
Hearings are continuing into a worrying inappropriate law suit brought by the closed joint stock company “Yanovskoye” against the organizers of a strike at the factory called because employees had been paid for less than three of the last six months.
Constitutional Court ruling on pensions while abroad
The Court has declared unconstitutional the non-payment of pensions to people living permanently abroad
Real standard of living is falling
Inflation has led to a real drop in basic State social guarantees and therefore to a fall in the standard of living. The real wages for January – June fell by 10.1 % which is the worst result for this period since 1999
Why are miners dying?
In Makiyivka the funerals have taken place of eight miners from the Kirov Mine who died on 23 August from an explosion. The State Committee on Industrial Safety believes that the explosion was the result of infringements of safety norms
Ukrainian migrant workers disgusted with the authorities
Ukrainian workers in Portugal are in no hurry to give up their Ukrainian citizenship yet even thosewho have lost their jobs due to the financial crisis are not rushing to return home
Worrying twist in the conflict at the Yanovska Factory
The employers, the closed joint stock company “Yanovskoye”, have lodged a law suit against the organizers of the strike begun after employees had been paid for less than three of the last six months
Hopefully progress in the conflict at the Yanovska Factory
The City Council has held an emergency session supporting the workers and ordering the factory owner to pay all wage arrears. Fingers crossed, however at present the strike continues
Striking workers at the Yanovska refining plant not giving in
Lawyers from the local human rights organization, journalists, representatives of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions and the All-Ukrainian Union of Workers are at the factory giving the strikers support
Forced labour and not paid, but do nothing or well sack you
Women working at the Yanovska refining plant in the Luhansk region have been on strike now since Wednesday. As if the conditions that these women work in were not shocking enough, they have virtually not been paid for over three of the last six months