Ukrainian MPs voted overwhelmingly on November 5 in favour of a new labour code law for Ukraine. This was the first vote on a draft bill; a final vote is required.

 

Employers in Ukraine have sought for years to weaken the labour code and power of unions. That effort predates even the protest movement on Maidan Square. Here, for example, is a March 2012 statement by the Communist Party of Ukraine opposing an attempt at the time by the government then led by Victor Yanukovych to degrade certain conditions of the labour code. International financial institutions have also long lobbied that workers rights in Ukraine be diminished.

 

President Poroshenko gave a nationally televised address on Nov 4 appealing for support to an anti-discrimination ammendment to the proposed labour code. His appeal fell on deaf ears in the Rada. Only 117 deputies voted for the ammendment.