By increasing the minimum pension and wage in Ukraine the Government is making initial steps in the direction of raising social standards in the country. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announced in his opening statement at the Cabinet’s session on Wednesday.
"I want that in every village, town and city of Ukraine everyone could hear: this is just the beginning. The worst is over. We will endure in the fight for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country, and we will win the war for the development of the national economy as the enemy didn’t just declare military war, but the economic war as well. We'll see how the situation is improved and Ukraine is developing," said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister noted that from 1 December 2016 social standards in Ukraine would increase: the minimum pension in Ukraine will grow by 10%. This is for the second time this year: on May 1 the minimum pension rose by 5%, next year it will grow by 10%.
However, the PM does not exclude that the growth of social standards in 2017 will be revised basing on budget execution. Next year, the Government envisages economic growth by 3%.
"It's crucial for us to reinvest funds in the quality of life of Ukrainian citizens", stressed the Head of Government.
Apart from that, from 1 January 2017 the minimum wage will be doubled, hence employed citizens won’t get paid under UAH 3200. There will also grow the proportion of wages in the structure of product or service of Ukrainian origin, said Volodymyr Groysman.
"It is absolutely fair with regard to people who work. As it is crucial to ensure that not only owners of enterprises earn money, but an employee gets at least to satisfy the minimum needs, I'm talking about the minimum wage," explained the Head of Government.
"This step will enable us both to revive domestic demand and positively affect the development of the national economy", noted Volodymyr Groysman.
Besides, it is planned for 2017 to enhance teachers ' salaries by 30% and those of doctors by 20%.