The potential of the economy has always been and still remains a key prerequisite for raising the minimum wage in Ukraine, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman claimed in an interview with the Obozrevatel newspaper.
"This is a rather sensitive issue. You are aware that I have initiated and have been the supporter of the wage increase in Ukraine. Generally, I think that people have been kept too long on the minimum wage, and this is a huge problem. As soon as the economy permits, we will definitely raise it", the Head of Government said. "When the minimum was UAH 1,450, I assumed responsibility and raised it to UAH 3,200, and later to UAH 3,723. When I did this, many politicians and experts criticized me. Now quite the opposite! Therefore, as soon as it will be possible to move on, I will take this step."
The Prime Minister explained that the increase in the minimum wage in itself affects the public sector as well. "And in order to raise salaries in the public sector, we should rebalance the budget. It is also a burden for small businesses. Here we should speak in terms of figures", added Volodymyr Groysman.