The AeroSvit airline still owes its former employees UAH 110 million. Veniamin Tymoshenko, the vice president of the trade union called Ukrainian Association of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel and the chairman of the Trade Union of AeroSvit Flight Attendants, announced this at a press conference, the CFTS correspondent reports.
According to Tymoshenko, AeroSvit originally accumulated the largest wage debt in Ukraine - over UAH 150 million. Tymoshenko claims that almost all the money has been transferred from the airline into Privatbank. According to him, trade unions have managed to recover more than UAH 40 million out of the debt by appealing to various institutions.
Tymoshenko claimed that the issue of payment of the debt “froze” subsequently. "The remainder - more than UAH 110 million - is still owed to AeroSvit employees. The government is again on the side of our former employers, and there is a debt of UAH 110 million… Prosecutors, the enforcement service, the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Infrastructure, and all those that should have protected the constitutional rights of the airline’s employees have disengaged themselves from this problem. The position of the state is currently unclear," said Tymoshenko.
As reported, AeroSvit, which was formerly the largest airline in Ukraine, filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of 2012. A court later blocked bankruptcy proceedings, but the airline currently does not physically exist and does not perform flights.
The prosecutor's office in the Kiev region sent a criminal case against the former general director of AeroSvit to court in December 2013. He was accused of unjustifiably failing to pay wages to employees of the airline in December 2012 and January 2013. The amount of wages owed was more than UAH 54.74 million. The former general director of the airline was freed on bail during the pre-trial investigation.
However, a district court in Boryspil fined him UAH 10,000 and banned him from holding financial management positions for one year. The court took the existence of mitigating circumstances into account when imposing this sentence: he admitted his guilt and paid UAH 9.36 million out of the debt. In addition, the court took the positive character of the accused and the fact that he has a young daughter into account.
Yurii Emelianov, who previously headed the Aerohandling company, was appointed as the general director of AeroSvit in November 2012.