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 Afghan Veterans and Chornobyl Victims are Preparing for Protests due to Budget 2013

The state budget provides for the reduction of funding for all programs for Chornobyl victims. Also the main financial document significantly reduces funding to provide Afghan veterans with housing.

It is reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

Trade Unions, Afghan vets and Chornobyl victims are willing to go to the protests due to reduced costs for their needs in the state budget for 2013.

"Today a meeting of Trade Unions heads is scheduled. I think there will be some collaborative solutions," said a member of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Trade Unions of the NAS of Ukraine Svetlana Poliakova at a press conference.

According to her, the science funding in the state budget for 2013 is some 2.5 billion hryvnia at a minimum being 3.2 billion. Provided funds are not even enough to pay wages in full, not to mention the utility bills, as well as the financing of research and development.

Thus with this funding the NAS will have to either reduce the number of employees by 8%, or send all the staff to unpaid leave for 2.5 months, she said.

President of the Ukrainian public organization "Ukrainian Union Chornobyl" Yurii Andreiev also said that the state budget provides for the reduction of funding for all programs for Chornobyl victims. He recalled that the Memorandum of Understanding with the Cabinet which was signed in the autumn of 2011, provides for consultations with NGOs on important documents, including the law on the state budget.

"And these discussions did not take place, everything is done in secret," he stressed.

President of the Union of Afghan Veterans Serhii Chervonopysskyy also expressed dissatisfaction with the approved budget which, in particular, significantly reduced funding for the provision of housing for the Afghans.

The leaders of both public organizations expressed their readiness to support the protests of the trade unions.

 
 
 
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