Ukrainian Postal Service, as one of the largest state-run companies handling a number of socially important functions, must work for the benefit of Ukrainian citizens, while selected on a competitive basis management has to solve the company's problems, rather than taking people hostages of their managerial decisions. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman emphasized, commenting on the possibility of closing several thousand Ukrposhta branches, that would complicate the delivery of not only correspondence, but also pensions.
"This is unacceptable to fail to deliver pensions to seniors. I won’t tolerate that", assured the Head of Government. - Let them start scrimping on themselves - their wages. Unless Ukrposhta management understands the importance of the social function of the company, and this will be their steadfast position, I would advise them to pack things, submit a resignation letter and get another job. We didn’t appoint management on a competitive basis for those to make all the citizens hostages, especially pensioners. But so that they could find appropriate market mechanisms, perform a social function and magnify the company’s capital gains."
The Prime Minister stressed that an independent supervisory board had been recently appointed in Ukrposhta. And the Government plans to appeal to provide an assessment of the situation.
"We will appeal to this supervisory board as the Government so that they could make estimate, on the one hand. On the other hand, to pour cold water on the management of Ukrposhta so that such statements would never be aired. Ukrposhta will deliver pensions, and this is fundamentally important for the people. Ukrainian postal service should work for the benefit of Ukrainian citizens", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
According to him, if the company lacks funds, it is relevant to mull over the development of those areas of activity that will turn Ukrposhta into a profitable company and allow to pay decent salaries to its employees, especially ordinary mail carriers.
"I am well aware of the challenges. But I emphasize: we hired managers to solve these problems, rather than create new ones", added the Head of Government.