New plan would use unemployed to rebuild Ukraine

25 October 2022, 11:29 PM
Yulia Svyrydenko (Photo:Yulia Svyrydenko / Facebook)

Yulia Svyrydenko (Photo:Yulia Svyrydenko / Facebook)

Unemployed people will be able to aid in rebuilding Ukraine through community work, Ukrainian Economy Ministry said in a message on its website on Oct. 25.

Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko noted that unemployment in Ukraine is expected to soar to 30% by the end of 2022, largely due to the ongoing Russian invasion.

“The government has developed and proposed a mechanism by which the temporarily unemployed can be involved in socially useful work that is needed across the country,” said Svyrydenko.

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“Today we have two armies – one defends the country on the battlefield, and the other one works at the home front. People who were left without work will be able to join the National Recovery Army, and the state will pay them a minimum wage – UAH 6,700 ($181).”

According to the message, the scope of work for the announced National Recovery Army could include the following:

·       erecting roadblocks, cutting down trees for trenches;

·       preparing firewood for the military and civilians;

·       clearing rubble and rebuilding damaged buildings;

·       clearing roads from rubble;

·       unloading humanitarian aid;

·       setting up bomb shelters in high-rise buildings and schools;

·       aiding internally displaced persons, people with disabilities, and the elderly.

These efforts will be coordinated by military commanders and regional administrations, and registered unemployed and internally displaced persons will be able to participate by signing a contract. The pilot project of the initiative is reportedly already underway in Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts.

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