Ukrainian Politics, Economics

 Opposition Wants Azarov to Explain Who is Cutting Back Trains and Railroad Workers

Chairman of the Committee on Freedom of Expression and Information Mykola Tomenko was addressed by Ukrzaliznytsya workers concerned by reports that there are preparations for the next wave of train cutbacks and respectively layoffs of Ukrzaliznytsya employees - conductors, trainmasters, drivers, etc.

In connection with this Batkivschyna faction member Mykola Tomenko demanded the government to inform whether reductions of trains and number of employees are a part of the state government program or an initiative of Ukrzaliznytsya or its divisions.

The press service cites the deputy stating that "Today, given the socio-economic situation in Ukraine, railway transport is practically the only available means of communication for people over long distances, since the plane fairs are unreasonably expensive compared to other countries. Moreover, domestic aviation is experiencing a serious crisis today," said the deputy. "But if in the future this concept of cutbacks will continue to be implemented by Ukrzaliznytsia with a view to its further privatization, which is mentioned informally, then, the countryside and rural areas should renew horse carriage for an ordinary citizen to survive," suggested the deputy.

Therefore, Mykola Tomenko appeals to the government to inform the public about the further development of the Ukrzaliznytsia development concept and confirm or refute the information about the next train and employees reduction by the company.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n230028