The situation with salary arrears for mine workers is untenable for the Government. The Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) must immediately resolve the situation. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion.
The line Vice Prime Minister initiated a meeting with coal trade unions, in particular, with the Head of Trade Union of Coal Industry Workers Viktor Turmanov and the Chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Coal Miners of Ukraine Mykhailo Volynets. The issues pertaining to reforming the coal industry, preparations for the meeting of the Interagency Working Group on resolving crisis situations in the coal industry and the issue of paying wages to miners were tackled.
"The budget for 2018 provides 1.3 billion hryvnias of fundin for the wage fund of miners who work at state coal mines. Therefore, the situation with salary debts for miners is unacceptable for the Government", Volodymyr Kystion claimed.
According to Volodymyr Kistion, the said issue has been raised at the session of the Governmental Committee on economic, financial and legal policy, development of fuel and energy complex, infrastructure, defense and law enforcement activity. The AMCU, which is obliged to inform the Cabinet of Ministers concerning the issue that payment of wages to miners is correlated with the new bill on state support, is engaged in the settlement of the abovementioned issue.