President Victor Yushchenko wrote a letter to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko drawing her attention to debts in wages and payments to state pension insurance fund.
"First Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov said that the issue of arrears of wages is monitored constantly by the Government and is systematically discussed at the meetings of Cabinet and telephone conference with heads of central and local executive authorities. According to latest updates from central and local executive bodies arrears of wages for June 2009 decreased by 7.1% and on July 3 was 1401 million hryvnyas", said President Yushchenko in the letter.
However, he said, July 1, 2009 data from the State Statistics Committee shows that the debt increased by 8.7% compared to June and was 1639.2 million hryvnyas. Since the beginning of the year the debt has increased 1.4 times.
At the same time the General Prosecutor's Office reported about the facts of deliberate delays in wages payment and violation of legally provided minimum wage amount.
"Central and local executive bodies do not properly monitor the timeliness and completeness of wages payment; the statistics bodies do not check properly enough the accuracy of accounting papers submitted by business entities. State Tax Service does not properly monitor compliance with legislation in wages payment", stressed Victor Yushchenko.
President Yushchenko requested Prime Minister Tymoshenko and the Cabinet to take appropriate actions to improve the situation and inform him on the results in person.