Channel 5 journalists complain about the systematic violation of labor laws and tax evasion. Several fired journalists said that the channel, owned by President Petro Poroshenko, still pays "gray wages", but this is denied by the channel. The journalist told aboutVoices of Truthwith reference to an article published by DW.
Journalist Roman Sukhan was the first to publicly announce double-entry bookkeeping after he was fired from Channel 5. The journalist says he was fired after complaining to the channel's management about the overexertion of journalists "who work for three." Sukhan said that journalists on the channel receive two salary cards: one for the “white” salary (1 hryvnias) through the accounting department, the second for the unofficial part of the salary, which is several times higher.
“We have completely gray accounting on the channel, unprotected workers, because there is no sick leave, no medical insurance, no social guarantees,” Suhan said.
Journalist Kristina Bondarenko, who resigned from Channel 5 in the spring of this year, spoke about the same problems on the channel. “Journalists have no rights, because the channel practices a system of fines that are removed from the “gray” card and no one can prove anything, because it is unofficial. I was fined two thousand hryvnias for no reason and I could not prove anything,” said Bondarenko .
At the same time, the management of Channel 5 denies all accusations, pointing out that the channel's trade union did not file any claims regarding salaries. "Journalists are protected. They get good salaries. The declared principles of the independence of journalists are fulfilled by the owner of the channel," said the channel's editor-in-chief Vladimir Mzhelsky.
At the same time, journalistic trade unions point out that gray accounting, black wages and the lack of social guarantees are a problem for most media in Ukraine.
“The media owner is trying to minimize costs, but in this way makes journalists dependent,” said Alexander Tarasov, deputy head of the Independent Media Trade Union.