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Poroshenko urges Ukrainian employers to increase wages

The president also urged them to withdraw the wages from the shadow to stop the labor migration from Ukraine
14:05, 1 November 2018

Petro Poroshenko at the "Dialogue between State and business: meeting with president and representatives of government" event
Presidential Administration press office

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has urged employers to increase the wages of their workers. According to the information of the president, about 4,5 million people have a minimum wage job, as the press service of the presidential administration reported.

Poroshenko reported that Ukraine succeeded to put the economy out of the crisis and reach the stable recovery. The GDP growth is almost 4%, however, "the society does not need these numbers but quality improvement in the living standards of people."

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"The average level of the wages in the country, thank God, is growing in recent years. But it is to early to celebrate the victory. Not everybody can afford it as the level of incomes in the country is still low and the millions of people, we should understand this clearly, barely make ends meet. And it is our job, your job is to pay the competitive wage to all those who work in the private sector," the leader of Ukraine said.

Poroshenko noted that on the one hand, the increase of the minimum wage should take place and on the other hand, the legalization of the employment and unshadowing of the wages should take place.

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The president also noted that the employers more often complain about the deficit of the labor force. According to the official data of the state border guard service, the difference between the number of people who left Ukraine and the Ukrainians who returned make a little bit more than 200,000 in 2017.

"The tendency is growing. In 2018, more people for 10-15% left. I emphasize, we have two ways, to create an iron curtain, just like in the Soviet Union, or to increase the wages in our country," Poroshenko claimed.

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He noted that Ukraine becomes a part of the European labor market and consequently no one and nothing can defend the Ukrainian employers from this competition at this market. Consequently, the labor market in Ukraine should be competitive not only to Central Asia but the EU as well.

Earlier it was reported that Poland anticipates a sudden outflow of the Ukrainian migrant workers to the countries of Western Europe. The Polish economy, which is rapidly developing, requires labor force, mostly, these are the Ukrainians.

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