Co-chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction in the parliament, Oleksandr Vilkul wrote on his Facebook page: “Poverty will be overcome only when the economy works. To do this, we must restore peace and support industry. We are ready to vote for the draft laws within the framework of the Minsk agreements, and for the development of the economy we submitted to the parliament draft laws within the framework of the “New Industrialization” Strategy.
While the “coalition of war” continues to hide behind the war and make next empty statements, Bloomberg agency published Misery Index 2017, according to which Ukraine, as for the second consecutive year, is in the top 10 poor and unfortunate countries.”
Vilkul stressed that the government’s promises to scantily raise the subsistence level by 1 cent per day (from 1624 UAH/month to 1,700 UAH/month) will not solve the poverty problem. Social payments, which depend on the subsistence level, will also increase by insignificant amounts. For example, an increase in the maximum amount of assistance to single mothers will be 66-83 UAH / month, which corresponds to 2-3 cans of baby puree.
Data from the sociological survey of the Rating group indicate that more than 60% of Ukrainians have become poor in the past year, 60% of people cannot pay for the communal service, 97% are concerned about the increase in prices for goods and services. The reason for this economic situation is more than half of respondents believe unprofessionalism and corruption of the current government, as well as the war in Donbas.
The oppositionist noted: “Even the majority of the working population in Ukraine is classified as poor. In our country, out of the 7.4 million employed, 10.3% get wages at a minimum and below the level. UAH 3,200/month is $ 119 or $ 4 / day. It is also below the poverty level in Central and Eastern Europe ($ 4.3 / day).
In general, the country's salary up to 6 thousand UAH. Receives the majority of employees (64%), which is also significantly lower than even the nearest neighbors. And the level of pensions in Ukraine is generally a tragedy.”
Level of salaries and level of pensions
“Unemployment is rising, salaries and pensions are scanty, and the price increase is colossal. In the first half of 2017, the price increase is higher than the level of all countries in Europe and the CIS - 15.6%. Inflation - 8.1%, and in most countries of Europe - 1.8%. This means that our inflation simply “eats” a slight increase in social standards and salaries,” the oppositionist said.
In support of the draft laws that Vilkul and his colleagues from the OPPOSITION BLOC submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, more than 700,000 people have already signed their signatures throughout Ukraine. The draft laws on the “New Industrialization” include, among other things, state support for industry, science and education, creation of new jobs, improvement of the investment climate, etc.