The Government creates civilized working conditions and provides legal employment. The steps in this direction and the first results were discussed at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk.
"According to the State Statistics Service, almost every fifth Ukrainians works informally. Most of all in agriculture, wholesale and retail, construction, transport and courier sectors. These workers are not protected. The Government launched a campaign to eliminate the shadow labor market. It is not only paying taxes or filling the budget. This is, first and foremost, the creation of decent working conditions, guaranteeing employees the observance of their rights and social guarantees, " said Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk.
In most cases, it turns out that entrepreneurs do not register their economic activity, employ people without informally, hide part-time work and wages, register employment in the guise of other forms, such as bogus self-employment, etc.
Pursuant to the Prime Minister's commission, the State Labor Service of Ukraine has already carried out the first stage of measures to curtail the shadow labor market. In particular, an information campaign was held from January 20 to January 31. 600 labor inspectors visited and conducted explanatory work to more than 180,000 employers in the trade sector. The representatives of the Pension Fund, the State Tax Service (STS), the State Employment Service, and local governments were engaged in the 56,000 of such cases.
The result of such an active information campaign was that in two weeks in January this year alone, the STS received 107,100 reports of signing employment contracts with 202,000 employees.
In total, the overall dynamics of employment in the areas where the information campaign was conducted increased by 25.8% compared to January 2019.
The second stage from February 10 to February 21 - an inspection campaign. Inspectors will check employers who potentially unofficially recruited 4 or more persons. To carry out such work, the State Labor Service plans to increase the number of inspectors. In particular, 1,200 inspectors, who are currently only responsible for safety at work, will be trained.
Apart from that, a special mobile app has already been developed that can be used for audits and will contain complete information about the entity. Different authorities will also be able to exchange information more effectively with this app.
This year inspection campaigns will be carried out in agriculture, construction, transport sectors and courier activities.
"We respect the business and no one will create barriers for it through numerous audits. But workers must be protected. Therefore, work will be undertaken, in particular, to clarify the benefits of official employment. There will also be created a hotline to enable those persons, who work illegally, make a complaint," the Head of Government emphasized.