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Hlukhiv without a budget, but with protests

Session in Hlukhiv did not take place, because mayoral deputies did not come, but the teachers protested
  • 31.05.2019
  • newspaper "Неделя"
2019

Session in Hlukhiv did not take place, because mayoral deputies did not come, but the teachers protested.

The session of the Hlukhiv City Council, scheduled for 3:00 pm, did not take place due to insufficient quorum: only 14 deputies registered, despite at least 18 votes required for the start. The meeting was attended by deputies of the opposition to the mayor – the “Will of the People”, BPP, UKROP almost in its totality, but the pro-Moscow deputies from BYuT and “Self-help” in its totality did not come. Secretary Demisheva also didn’t come. Mayor Michel announced that he would not start the session.

« Today in the hall there are no deputies of the mayoral group in its totality. What’s going on? How long can this go on? Why did they convene a session if they knew in advance that they themselves would screw it?

It becomes obvious that Tereshchenko found a way to hold on to the post of mayor until the next election. He simply does not allow deputies to gather in the hall and start voting. And forgot about the city”,- commented on her Facebook former deputy – Tetyana Mykhailyk.

Deputies Valeriy Galustyan, Nina Nana and Svitlana Popova, whom he does not put on list, demanded explanations, provided the decisions of the courts, but Mayor Michel strongly refused to allow them to work. In the lists “from Michel” today only 24 out of 34 deputies are acting.

Those deputies who came were willing to wait for others and not to leave, they asked the mayor to work with his subordinates and invite them. After all, at stake, in addition to the city budget, there were 35 different issues, including the acute question of transforming the central district hospital into a communal non-commercial enterprise.

After all, at stake, in addition to the city budget, there were 35 different issues, including the thorny issue of transforming the central district hospital into a communal non-commercial enterprise.

However, even a new Chief Physician Anatoly Kiyashko, who is a deputy, did not visit the hall. The reason for the sabotage by the mayoral part is unknown. Some deputies even tried not to let the mayor Michel walk out of the hall, but he, as always in incomprehensible situations, ran into his office and locked himself there. For almost an hour, first deputies, then activists tried to draw him out, but he did not come. Also teachers waited him in vain.

-You see, this is the end. Michel frankly mocks the city, and it is clear to everyone that his deputies themselves could not have decided to miss the event so harmoniously. The city is choking without a budget, no one was sent to the hospital council, the hospital was not transformed. Ordinary people can’t arrange the land, start construction, and this is why there was no session during a half of the year. The opposition has already come, they say, let’s work, and he plays some kind of his own game,”- expresses her opinion – activist Lyudmila P.

At the same time, under the windows of the City Council, a peaceful protest was held by the trade union of teachers, who demanded to cancel the illegal order to dismiss the head of the education department Lyudmila Vasyanovich. Over a hundred teachers came from all educational institutions of Hlukhiv.

They stood first in the park under the city council, then they went to the second floor, were trying to communicate at least with someone from the leadership. The mayor did not come out. Also, the new head of the education department Alla Matosova ignored the meeting of subordinates and moreover at that time she was in the premises.

Later, opposition members, people’s deputy Andrii Derkach, regional council deputy Oleg Boyarintsev joined the protesters. Particularly, Derkach expressed support for teachers who came out to openly declare their position regarding lawlessness; also he said that he is ready to help, for example, with legal support, if it will be necessary.

Chairman of the Sumy regional organization of the trade union of workers in education and science, Sergiy Osadchy, who for the fourth time personally came to Hlukhiv on this issue, commented that the first task for him is a search for a common ground with the city leadership.

«We wanted the order for dismissal due to “non-compliance with the position” to be canceled voluntarily, as illegal. Lyudmila Vasyanovich will prove it in court. But we are aware that the performers of all illegal actions against teachers will receive a proper assessment. It makes you wonder, who of them does not match the position, if they prepare such orders? Thanks to all members of the trade union who came here to share and defend the rights. », – he said.

The relevant resolution of the peaceful protest was sent to the mayor.