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 (2017 edition, Article 87, point 10, clause a) outlines government support to cultural unions or associations of national significance. There are 11 national creative unions registered in Ukraine and supported from the budget, including the All-Ukrainian Society “Prosvita”. The total amount of their budget support has remained at the same level during the years 2014-2017, and is projected to be the same for 2018) – a little more than UAH 6 million – or when taking into account inflation, it has decreased almost by three times.
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