NON-PAYMENT OF SALARIES, DISCHARGE, REDUCTION OF WORKING HOURS – THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IS NOT ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
13.06.2019 | 19:27
Occupation administrations managed by the Russian Federation continue to destroy Donbas coal industry. Despite their permanent reports on the commissioning of new coalfaces and mine lines on occupied territories swift reduction of coal output volumes concurrently with closing, liquidation and combination of enterprises is observed
Donetsk oblast always was the leader of coal industry in Ukraine, but after management of occupation authorities this will soon have to be forgotten. The MTOT receives information from civilians living in temporarily occupied territories about increase in salary arrears and compensation payments when discharged from the coal-mining enterprises.
According to the available data, payments are not made on 10 occupied mines. As of May 2019 on SE “Artemvuhillia” debt made up about 300,000 RUB; on SE “Ordzhonikidzvuhillia” - more than 500,000 RUB; on SE “Torezantratsit” - almost 2,000,000 RUB.
As it became known, despite the significant reduction of the state enterprises and numerous lawsuits in local courts occupation authority is not able to provide stable payments to miners due to lack of funding sources. As of 1st May number of workers decreased by 2,000 people on SE “Artemvuhillia” comparing with 2014; on SE “Ordzhonikidzvuhillia” - decreased by 5000 people. At the same time in conditions of insufficient funding even employees who stayed work part time.
Such actions of the Russian Federation in Donbas demonstrate that Kremlin is not capable to take care of the population living in temporarily occupied territories, constitutes a violation in execution of Article 55 of the Convention relative to the Protection of civilians in time of war, namely: “To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate.”
The Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine initiates appeal to international partners, missions and humanitarian organizations on the above-mentioned issues, because Ukraine contributes to implementing of international humanitarian law and demonstrates universal European values, cares about citizens wherever they live.