ILO Social Security Minimum Standards Convention No. 102

Ukraine ratifies the key Social Security Convention of the ILO

The ratification will help Ukraine to safeguard the minimum standards of social security in the current social and economic situation and ensure that its social security system rests on sound principles recognized at the international level.

Press release | 23 March 2016
On 16 March 2016, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Act ratifying the ILO Social Security Minimum Standards Convention No. 102. The ratification will become effective, after it is registered by the ILO Director General.

Ratification of ILO Convention No.102, which is the cornerstone of international standards on social security, is also in line with the goals set out by the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine to protect the minimum benefit levels under the current severe social and economic situation.

As a part of integrated ILO response, the ILO has been assisting the Ukrainian government and social partners in effectively formulating and implementing the measures to sustain the basic social security systems under the unfavourable socio-economic and political circumstances through a broad range of technical assistance, policy dialogue and capacity building. The ILO has supported the ratification process through a series of tripartite consultations and trainings.

Continuous conflicts and related disarrangements in Ukraine have resulted in a prolonging and deepening economic crisis marked by falling levels of economic activity, erosion of the currency and growing inflation. Under the severe fiscal pressure, the government is implementing a number of reforms affecting the social protection system which is of concern to social partners.

As Viktor Ivankevych, Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, highlighted, ”ratification of the ILO Convention No. 102 will ensure international, national and public control over the whole process of reforms being implemented in Ukraine so that the social security standards are safeguarded.”

The employers endorsed the ratification of the ILO Convention 102: “Business has seen three strategic advantages of this ratification: decrease of social tension, motivation to legal employment and promotion of decent work as alternative to labour migration”, said Olexiy Miroshnychenko, Deputy-Chairman of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine.

However, much work is still ahead: “To ensure application [of the Convention] we should take measures to reduce the informal economy. This will help increase the budget revenue and make more funds available for social security”, said Hryhoriy Osovy, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine.

Enhancing social protection and conditions of work will be also one of the priorities of the Decent Work Country Programme for Ukraine for 2016-2019 which is being prepared for signature.