Mr Volodymyr GROYSMAN
Prime Minister of Ukraine
DGS/JW/pdc April 20, 2017
Dear Mr Prime Minister,
A joint mission of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 182 million workers in 160
countries, and IndustriALL, representing 50 million workers in industrial sectors in 140 countries, had the
opportunity to meet representatives of your ministers of Social Policy, Economic Development and
Trade, and Energy and Coal Industry.
On behalf of our member organisations, the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU) and the
Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), and their industrial federations we have
expressed our deep concern about the lack of any respect shown by your government for the workers of
We had to conclude that the workers and their unions are desperate – they are facing huge problems
that are totally undermining the future of themselves and their families.
They are facing unacceptable delays in the payment of their wages, restructuring and closures of their
workplaces that lead to unemployment, and their unions are not respected as social partners to discuss
and negotiate measures to protect the rights of their members.
The attitude of your ministers shows ignorance of social partners and the trade union members which
forms a smouldering source for massive labour conflicts that will undermine the social stability of your
The attitude of your ministers is in total contradiction with the principles of cooperation between the EU
and Ukraine as laid down in the Association Agreement that includes promoting of the decent work
agenda and social dialogue and enhancing social cohesion and the capacity of social partners.
One of the most recent developments that shows a total lack of respect of social partners is the process
of the review of the Labour Code of Ukraine.
Recommendations of the International Labour Organization were mainly ignored and trade unions are
not consulted on major changes that will undermine the rights of workers in Ukraine and that will be in
contradiction with international standards.
We also had to conclude that your ministers of Economic Development and Trade and of Energy and
Coal Industry cannot provide any perspective on economic development or a reform that includes a
protection and perspective for workers in the industrial sectors of Ukraine, while at the same time they
ignore trade unions as real social partners.
Dear Mr Prime Minister, the international trade union movement is more than worried about the lack of
respect that your government is showing to the workers of Ukraine.
We will support our member organisations in their struggle for a decent future of the workers of
Ukraine and will inform the ILO and the European Commission about the lack of respect shown by your
government for industrial labour standards.
We are asking you as Prime Minister of Ukraine to intervene and to urge members of your government
to respect the International Labour Standards and to include social partners in any policy or decision
that affect the workers of Ukraine to avoid unnecessary confrontations in the near future.