Ukraine resources

  1. Technical recommendations to the draft law on OSH

    02 March 2021

    This is the third set of the EU-ILO Project technical recommendations to the draft law “On occupational safety and health of workers” developed by the Ministry of Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture in order to better align it with the ILO and EU labour standards and best practices. This draft law is fundamental as it lays down the foundations for building the whole architecture of the future national legal framework on OSH aligned with the international and EU labour standards as foreseen by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

  2. Working as three but earning as one

    22 February 2021

    Undeclared work is work without a labour contract when job tasks are increasingly added without any extra pay, when days-off and leaves are denied, and wages are paid “in the envelope”. Tetiana worked exactly on such terms when she came to Kyiv to earn money for living. Read her story and a comment by the SLS expert.

  3. Working without a labour contract is like playing with fire

    22 February 2021

    Kateryna (name changed), the editor of an oblast-level media site, will hardly receive the 30,000 hryvnias that her employer owes her. It’s all because she did not have a labour contract and received her wage “in the envelope”. Read Kateryna’s story and a comment by the SLS expert to avoid falling into the trap.

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    Why Trade Unions should act on Skills Development – and how?

    19 February 2021

    To build a ‘better normal’ in the post-COVID-19 world of work, skills development and lifelong learning need to be part of economic transformation. This responsibility should not reside with governments and companies alone. Trade Unions have an important role to play in shaping the professional development of workers at any age. A new, easy-to-use ILO Resource Guide illustrates how Trade Unions can engage more effectively in skills development policies and practices.

  5. Reaching out to everyone: how labour inspectors are getting closer to employers

    18 February 2021

    Labour inspection practices in Ukraine are becoming increasingly closer to the European model. Labour inspectors are raising awareness of employers and workers all over the country, as part of the State Labour Service's “Go to Light!” information campaign.

  6. Everyday protection: how labour contract kept Rivne oblast worker’s job

    18 February 2021

    More than 2 million Ukrainians lost their jobs or went on forced leave during the quarantine in 2020. Those who worked undeclared were hit most because only a labour contract guarantees worker protection against unlawful dismissal and provides unemployment compensations.

  7. Disguised employment: how Mariupol employer mistakenly concluded civil law contracts instead of labour contracts

    18 February 2021

    Some employers conclude civil law contracts with their employees, instead of labour contracts. However, it’s not the matter in which one can choose comfortable options.

  8. Thinking about future: how Mariupol worker takes cares of her decent pension

    18 February 2021

    The years fly by. Before you know it, it’s time to retire and to reap fruits of your work. However, it is now that it is worth taking care of what those fruits will be.

  9. Timely fixed mistake: how entrepreneur from Luhansk oblast avoided penalty for undeclared workers

    18 February 2021

    When you start your own business, mistakes are unavoidable. What matters is timely fixing them! Within the State Labour Service's “Go to Light!” information campaign labour inspectors help employers to formalise employment relationships in a proper way, and to avoid penalties.

  10. The last straw: why worker from Lviv decided to “go to light”

    18 February 2021

    A growing number of Ukrainians are getting tired of working undeclared: working overtime with no pay, having no vacations, and not having access to sick leave and other social guarantees. However, to move from words to actions, one needs to be given a nudge. To a Lviv resident, Olena (name changed), the State Labour Service's “Go to Light!” information campaign became such a “magic kick".