In Ukraine legalize serfdom

Under the guise of “caring” about small and medium-sized business the Verkhovna Rada may significantly restrict the rights of workers, legitimize a modern form of serfdom. Adopted on first reading bill No. 6489 untie the hands of employers, softening the penalties for hiring employees without official registration.

While in most civilized countries, socially responsible business demonstrates its effectiveness, Ukraine takes a step to the social irresponsibility of entrepreneurs. What are the dangers of being controversial bill, and to whom it is beneficial to actually read in the material “Options.”

Far-reaching consequences

In the case of adoption the bill may have a number of far-reaching consequences. Mitigation of fines and the weakening of state control — “green light” for shadowing of the economy. This will inevitably lead to an increase in the “hole” in the Pension Fund. Despite the positive trend in the field of legalization of the economy, the deficit of the PF and is now at a critical level, amounting to 141 billion (half of its needs).

Another important aspect is the reduction of social protection of employees, who may lose their sick leave payout, payment for rehabilitation, paid vacation and other guarantees which distinguish modern working conditions from the middle ages. No official registration — no rights.

Moreover, not every employee will decide to give the state control information of violations. The bill provides a fine for “unreasonable treatment” in the amount of fifty to one hundred untaxed minimum incomes of citizens. Simply put, if the employer has time to “clean up the tails”, and to prove the violation will not be punished “informant”.

In favor of big business

In Ukraine, the already extremely difficult situation with ensuring the rights of employees. Last year they broke 81% inspected by Gastrodon companies. The enterprise was fined 60 million. And about a third of the amount has to do with violations related to illegal employment.

Why is the initiators of the bill turned a blind eye to the depressing statistics is a key issue. The official motives are good: simplify the life of small and medium business and anti-abuse regulatory bodies. But the greatest benefit from the bill can extract just big business moving illegal employment in the category of corporate strategy.

The initiators of the bill were 20 deputies from different factions. For example, the infamous people’s Deputy from BPP Boryslav Rozenblat, who is now under investigation. It, inter alia, is suspected of obtaining illegal benefit for lobbying the bill on the mining of amber.

Mitigation of penalties is promoting another people’s Deputy from BPP Andrey Vadatursky — the heir agrarian Empire “NIBULON”, the largest agricultural enterprises of Ukraine. Vadatursky, incidentally, is one of the richest MPs. He owns 20% in the authorized Fund of a business giant, which is directly interested in the bill.

Among the initiators listed even the President’s son and a member of the BPP Alexey Poroshenko. He believes that the bill will “stimulate the economy and jobs” as the pressure on businesses will be reduced. However, the pressure and the control is somewhat different concepts. Impunity in the field of labor obligations would indeed stimulate the economy, however, the shadow.

The bill is also an advocate member of the popular front Lyudmila Denisova. It would seem that it should first and foremost care about the rights of workers. The MP was the Minister of social policy in the first Yatsenyuk government, she now heads the parliamentary Committee on social policy, employment and pension provision, and even breaks in the ombudsmen. However, in this case, Denisova chose to protect the interests of the business.

It is significant that the attack on social guarantees for workers at a particularly low wages. The Minister sotspolitiki Andrey Reva does not hide: Ukraine occupies the last place in Europe in terms of wages, and among the former republics of the Soviet Union, ahead only of Tajikistan.