Salary arrears to employees of state mines have already exceeded UAH 500 million. This was stated by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITIO BLOC Yuriy Boyko on the results of the meeting in parliament with the representatives of the collectives of state mines, who were again forced to come to Kyiv.
According to Yuriy Boyko, despite the law passed by the parliament and the preliminary agreements of the representatives of the mines with the government, the issue is not solved, and the agreements are not implemented by the Cabinet.
“The fact that the miners have not yet been paid for their work is absolute savagery. It is unacceptable when people go down the mine, extract coal, and do not receive wages for their work. It has never happened. And I understand the miners of the SE “Pervomajskugol”, to whom the state has a great debt. They are forced to go to Kyiv for their money. Similar situation is in other enterprises. And this happens because there is no reasonable state policy in this matter,” the opposition politician noted.
According to him, today in Ukraine there are only 33 state mines, many of which are problematic. "The businessmen, who were put by the current authorities on the management of coal flows, withdraw money, and people do not receive salaries. There is probably no greater nonsense,” the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC stressed.
According to Yuriy Boyko, the Minister of Energy and coal industry Igor Nasalyk also attended the meeting with the miners. Following the negotiations, the Minister instructed the subordinates to liquidate the indebtedness to the employees of the SE “Pervomajskugol”, which is UAH 34 million. “I hope the debt will be liquidated. In case the miners don’t receive their salaries it can cause a social explosion. People should get money for their work,” the MP said.
Yuriy Boyko urged the government to invest in the development of Ukrainian mines, and not to feed Russian, Polish or American miners, buying their coal.
“It is necessary to create work places in Ukraine – that is the state policy. I am sure that with the change of power this policy will be restored,” the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC said.
According to the results of the first half of the year, arrears in wages in Ukraine is UAH 2.7 billion, while UAH 355 million is what has been accumulated in the six months of 2018.
Indebtedness is increasing, first of all, to the employees of strategic branches of industry. Thus, debts to coal industry workers in the first half-year 2018 increased by 26.2%, energy and gas supply – by 74%, mechanical engineering – by 23.9%. In general, the industrial debt increased by 18.5%.