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The amount of support for cultural unions decreased almost by half between 2013 and 2014.

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Ukraine/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.6 Labour laws

Article 28 of the Law on Culture (2011) defines that payment conditions for employees of state and communal culture institutions, and educational establishments in culture are determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, that is, by general labour laws. It means that wages of cultural employees, according to this law, should be equal to wages of employees in other economic areas.  

The Law on Professional Artists and Artistic Unions (1997) regulates relations between artists unions and the government, envisages government subsidies to support these organisations, and ensures their participation in the development of cultural programmes and decision making.

The Budget Code of Ukraine (Article 87) outlines government support to cultural unions or associations of national significance. There are 11 national creative unions registered in Ukraine. The total amount of their budget support decreased almost by half compared with 2013 – UAH 5.2 million in 2015 (approved) against UAH 9.9 million in 2013 (actual).

There is a unified system of salaries for cultural employees in the public sector, and the wages of this category of public employees remain the lowest compared to other economic branches. According to the Law of Ukraine on Establishing Minimum Subsistence and a Minimum Wage (2009), the minimum wage per month for a public employee is UAH 1 218 (105 EUR) as of 1 January 2014 compared to UAH 1 147 (97 EUR) on 1 December 2013. These amounts have remained as of 1 January 1 2015, suffering, however, due to drastic inflation (1 EUR = UAH 28).  

Nevertheless, cultural employees, especially in small towns and villages often earn half or one quarter of this minimum wage (see also chapter 4.2.9 and  chapter 5.1.4).

See also comparative information provided in the Compendium "Themes!" section under "Status of Artists".

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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