Anatoliy Melashenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Zhytomyr Regional Organization of the OPPOSITION BLOC, the Head of the party faction in the regional council stated this, commenting at the request of journalists the rapid growth of arrears in wages.
According to the State Statistics Service on June 1, arrears in payment of wages in Ukraine is 2561 million hryvnias – this is only 20 million dollars, less than the record of the current decade, reached on the results of November 2017.
“In Zhytomyr region on June 1 of the current year, the salary debt was 7.4 million hryvnias. Economically active enterprises owe almost 2 million dollars of this amount. In the context of the districts, the main indebtedness falls on the enterprises of Zhytomyr and Korosten. In general, in Ukraine, non-payment to employees of economically active enterprises is growing quite rapidly. Already in the first 5 months of 2018, this debt increased by almost 11%,” the opposition MP said.
He also recalled that Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman called the liquidation of arrears on wages one of the main priorities of the government’s work this year. To this end, in April special headquarters of the State Executive Service of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine began to operate. At the same time, the latest statistics show that enterprises continue to accumulate debts on wages, and the work of the government on these issues is practically failed.
“For the first half of the year, the debts of enterprises to employees increased in 19 out of 25 regions of Ukraine. A compulsory recovery was ineffective. For example, during April-May, the executors of the Ministry of Justice collected 89 million hryvnias of wage arrears. But the debt increased by more than 138 million hryvnias. Sectoral section shows chronic problems in the industrial sector. Nevertheless, the situation is rapidly deteriorating in the healthcare sphere,” the opposition politician said.
“The figures speak for themselves and show that the government’s policy to reduce payroll arrears is more like imitation. In fact, Ukraine has not moved a step towards a way out of the crisis. And the reports of officials on improving the level of economic development are cynical lies,” Anatoliy Melashenko summarized.