The head of Federation of independent trade unions Michael Shmakov has suggested Vladimir Putin to amend the Civil code with a provision that wages will have priority over other mandatory payments, including taxes. The head of state approved of the idea.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with the head of Federation of independent trade unions (FNV), the problem of wage arrears. During the meeting in the Kremlin, Mikhail Shmakov noted that there is a legal way to intensify efforts to reduce debts to the workers.
The head of the PNP explained that Russia ratified the Convention of the International labour organization protection of wages. Thus, since August 2013 there is a possibility to amend the legislation, including the Civil code, a provision stating that wages have a priority over other mandatory payments, including contributions to social funds and even taxes.
Shmakov noted that the change in legislation will likely not please the Finance Ministry, which cares primarily about the budget, not salaries”. “I think that we will meet their resistance, however, still wages, and the ability of people to live and to work is important,” he said.
Putin called the idea reasonable, but suggested looking for a compromise with the Finance Ministry. “The idea itself seems to me to be justified, especially today, when we have not yet overcome all the economic difficulties. So think about this, too, can and should be, and this compromise, which you said need to look for”, — quotes the President the Kremlin website.