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11 December 2015

Open letter of trade union of employees of State Enterprise "SSP" Oktyabrsk" to the President of Ukraine - Poroshenko P.A.

11 December 2015 year.

Dear Peter Alekseivich!

     The trade union of employees of State Enterprise "Specialized sea port" Oktyabrsk "(Nikolaev) is asking you on behalf of the employees of the enterprise with a call to prevent the destruction of our enterprise, where the following situation: The State Concern" Ukroboronprom "sent to the address of Prime Minister of Ukraine in the negotiation and adoption of a draft decree "On transfer of objects of state ownership of the State Enterprise" Specialized sea port "Oktyabrsk", which was later renamed the draft order "On approval of the transfer of state-owned property of the State Enterprise" Specialized sea port "Oktyabrsk" which was later renamed the draft order "On approval of the transfer of objects of state ownership of the State Enterprise" Specialized sea port "Oktyabrsk" and the State Enterprise "The administration of the seaports of Ukraine." The Order provides for the exemption of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine property owned by our company, and his free transfer to the jurisdiction of the State Corporation "Ukroboronprom." All these actions SC "Ukroboronprom" justifies the need to strengthen the defense capability of the state and ensure the implementation of export-import operations of the military-industrial complex. But in our opinion the position of SC "Ukroboronprom" is absurd.

     Our company was established in 1992 with the status of a specialized seaport, which has the right to handle loads of military and dual-use. The port had been set up technological facilities: special storages, protective shafts, berths for ships ro-ro , port area is the restricted area with tight security, the company is coordinated by the Security Service of Ukraine in the Mykolaiv region, and most importantly - in our company the technology and transshipment scheme were developed for military goods and dual-use goods, and have an appropriate level of experts. Throughout its existence, the company specialized transshipment cargo: wheeled and tracked vehicles, boats, discharge cargo, containers, dangerous goods, and so on, such jobs is perfomed in the company now. Additionally, between our enterprises and members of the Concern "Ukroboronprom" (such as subsidiary of the state company "Ukrspetsexport" - State Enterprise "Ukr- Oboronservis", a subsidiary of the state company "Ukrspetsexport" State Enterprise "Specialized foreign trade company" Progress ") concluded the agreements for handling special cargo. Therefore, any obstacles and risks for transshipment of military goods and dual-use goods by our enterprise does not exist, given that the implementation of this type of cargo operations is one of the profiles of our activities.

     The consequences of the adoption of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the transfer of property (which is now - on the agreement with the Ministry of Justice) would be for the State Enterprise "Specialized sea port" Oktyabrsk "(SE" SSP "Oktyabrsk") devastating. The company has 17 covered warehouses in the availability, of which SC "Ukroboronprom" is trying to withdraw in his favor 14 warehouses along with other related assets. This will lead to inability to perform our company planned indicators for cargo handling, loss of cargo, which require covered storage, reduce the volume of cargo handling, job cuts and reduced social guarantees to employees, and in general - the destruction of lucrative state strategic enterprise.

     State enterprise "Specialized sea port "Oktyabrsk" is profitable, budget forming. In 2014, we took fourth place in the ranking of the largest taxpayers of Nikolayev region, and in the first half of 2015 - the first place. Financial plan of the company for the year 2016 (currently undergoing the approval), we planned to process 3 million. tons of cargo, while the government revenue from the enterprise are planned in the amount of 184.3 million. UAH. At the end of 2015, the company has to pay the State of dividends in the amount of 35.3 million. UAH., And in 2016 planned 67.5 million. UAH. In addition, the SE "SSP" Oktyabrsk "employs nearly 700 people, and the level of wages is one of the highest in the industry. Over the past two years, the company managed to increase the volume of cargo handling of the loss-making in 2013 to become one of the best public port operators. Fulfilling obligations to the state and local budgets, staff, helping pensioners port workers, the company invests in the update port mechanization, major overhaul depots, including those of SC "Ukroboronprom" is trying to withdraw, in 2015 we switched to alternative sources of heating by constructing a pellet boiler, our company provided interest-free loans to other state-owned enterprises of the maritime industry that are not able to overcome the crisis.

     But all these achievements and successes of SE "SSP" Oktyabrsk "is now under threat of destruction. Without whatsoever technical and economic justification for the transfer of property, in violation of the established procedure for the transfer of state-owned property (CMU from 21.09.1998 №1482), without any substantiation of the advisability of such transfer, without considering the consequences, under cover of a generalities of ensuring national defense, SC "Ukroboronprom" is developing, in our opinion, unwarranted disposal of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. It was not considered that the annexation of the Crimea Ukraine has lost 5 seaports, the work of sea ports is complicated on the Sea of Azov, because the ATO, and under the threat is turned out to be our port, and - in the case of the disposal of the seizure of the property of our company.

     SE "SSP" Oktyabrsk" is able to independently enforce any cargo operations with goods of military and dual-use at any time. Ensure the defense of Ukraine - this is our business too.

     Dear Peter Alekseivich, we asked you, in October this year, with a letter signed by all the employees of the State Enterprise "Specialized sea port" Oktyabrsk ", but unfortunately, the Office of the Administration of the President of our collective letter was forwarded to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and from there - the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, and we have gone unheeded. We have no other choice but to turn to you with an open letter, and call to stop the destruction of our company, to prevent the adoption of the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, to defend the strategic State Enterprise "Specialized sea port" Oktyabrsk "and its 700 employees.

Head of the Trade Union of the
State Enterprise "SSP" Oktyabrsk"
Oleynik R.N

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