Minister of Labor does not consider spreading youth unemployment a disaster


It’s an old bourgeois tradition called unemployment

At the International Economic Forum (SPIEF) taking place in St. Petersburg, the head of the Ministry of Labor Anton Kotyakov told reporters about the rising unemployment among young people up to 16%, TASS reports. However, he does not consider this some kind of a serious problem, and the official called the situation when 14% of Russians aged 18 to 29 are unemployed as “customary”. In the first four months of this year, the population of the Russian Federation decreased by 304.5 thousand.

Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation A. Kotyakov at SPIEF-2021 / Photo by Egor Aleev / TASS

“If we take a look at the figures, there is a customary share of people from 18 to 29 years at the level of 14-14.5% in the structure of the unemployed. Today this figure has reached 16%, so the growth is taking place, but it is not very significant or dramatic”, the news agency quotes A. Kotyakov.

And these are the official figures, which often differ from reality. But bear in mind that a major part of that lucky 84 % who have a job having to make do with 12-20 thousand rubles a month.

The minister spoke about the immediate plans of his department: to prepare a comprehensive youth employment program and change the approach to subsidizing of the young people recruitment.

“We already have positive experience in implementing complex solutions from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Education and Science. Specifically, our graduates employment monitoring platform. In the near future we will submit it for consideration, including to the expert community and labor market specialists,” said the head of the Ministry of Labor.

The forty-year-old successful official, who got 27.08 million rubles for his work in the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection in 2020, is pretty calm. He does not see a catastrophe in the fact that more than every tenth Russian who starts life on their own does not have a job. After all, it is not the minister who has no means for living. They are not children of his. Moreover, an increase in unemployment by 2% allowed Anton Kotyakov to keep his seat in the government and almost double his annual income.

Youth unemployment, according to Kotyakov, is “customary”. And he’s right. But this “custom” is the case in countries with market-driven economies. It is the presence of the unemployed that allows the means of production owners to minimize their “costs” for the wages of their employees.

And “customary unemployment” naturally leads to the “customary” feeling of uncertainty about the future among young people and, as a result, to a “customary” decline in the birth rate. Along with a “streamlined” healthcare system, we get a steady trend towards the extinction of the Russian population. For the whole of 2020, the population decreased by half a million, and only in four months of this year – by 304.5 thousand. The pace is definitely increasing.

Not. We do not need such “customs”. We want to live, but not survive. We want to be confident in our future and the future of our children. To do this, it is necessary to “exert pressure” on employers today and “keep in mind” the need to change the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie to the dictatorship of the working people.