Use your Labour rights: KVPU report

Ukraine remains a far cry from the aforementioned standards. Despite the fact that our country is defined as a social state by the Constitution, its actual characteristics testify to the contrary. Poverty of the working population, low living standards, huge discrepancies between the life of the rich and the poor are indicators pointing at serious problems in the area of social and economic rights. The majority of the problems calls for substantial long-term reforms, but so far political will and readiness for their implementation is evidently lacking.

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine the unemployment Rate in Ukraine increased to 8.90 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from 8.60 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Ukraine averaged 8.41 percent from 2003 until 2014, reaching an all-time high of 10.30 percent in the first quarter of 2009 and a record low of 6.50 percent in the third quarter of 2008.

The KVPU has faced recently many injustice cases of illegal staff reduction in many enterprises of Ukraine. People and especially young employers are helpless in fighting for their social and economic rights and, being desperate, they join the groups of unemployed resigning themselves.

Thus this campaign has been an endeavor to make the working youth aware of their rights and the mechanisms how these rights could be protected.

During the Campaign the following activities were conducted:

-  Development of informational components for the national labour rights campaign;
-  Organization and carrying out of the National Informational Campaign “Use your Labour Rights” with 2 one-day seminars for the KVPU youth-trade union activists and one-day seminar for journalists working on human rights,
-  Round Table with the participation of decision makers;
-  Dissemination of key campaign messages among all KVPU branches in all Ukrainian oblasts.
-  As a follow-upm activity - dissemination of the Campaign information in mass media and all KVPU working places during short meeting in labour unioins;

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