Trade unions hold a protest in Kyiv downtown today, on October 17 demanding higher wages and welfare benefits. The mass rally is organized by Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU). The protest is dedicated to the International Day for Decent Work, as Kyiv media report.
The demonstration began at around 9:40 am. According to FPU press-service, 30 thousands of protesters marched along Khreshchatyk and adjacent streets, traffic is limited.
The protesters demand to:
- ensure sustainable development of domestic production to generate job opportunities in Ukraine;
- stop the outflow of labor from the country and establish a minimum wage of at least 275 USD from January 1, 2019, and the minimum pension at the level of 100 USD;
- not to raise prices for consumer goods, natural gas, fuel, electricity tariffs, utilities, transportation services;
- envisage expenditures on education at the level of 7% of GDP, healthcare - 5% of GDP in the state budget-2019;
- stop state rading against trade unions' property rights;
- pay debts on salaries, which, according to the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine, have reached 96 million USD.
The demands of the Trade Union would be passed to the Verkhovna Rada and Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
Initially, the rally participants were trade unionists of educational and healthcare spheres, but numerous concerned people and organizations, such as Social Movement, have joined the protest, so it has grown into a large-scale event.
Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Ukraine was established after Ukraine became independent on 6 October 1990. At the international level, the FPU is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation and General Confederation of Trade Unions. FPU is participating in the United Nations Global Compact, it has a consultative status with UN ECOSOC.