Labour & Social Welfare

Armenian Pension Reform Overturned By Constitutional Court

(azatutyun.am RFE/RL) in a surprise verdict, Armenia’s Constitutional Court overturned on Wednesday a controversial reform of the national pension system that has triggered angry street protests by young workers affected by it. Ruling on a joint appeal lodged by leading Armenian opposition parties, the court said that the key provisions of a corresponding government-drafted law…

Parliamentary Factions’ Statement On Accumulative Pension Scheme

(aysor.am) – Four factions of the Armenian parliament – ARFD, Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), Armenian National Congress (HAK) and Heritage factions have issued a joint statement concerning the law on introduction of the compulsory accumulative pension system. The statement says: “On January 24, 2014 Armenia’s Constitutional Court took a decision to suspend Article 76 and…

Open Letter From “N. Aghbalyan” Student Association To Coalition’s Youth Organizations

Open letter addressed to the Youth Organizations of the Armenian Republican and Rule of Law Parties and to the Student Councils of Armenia’s State and non State Universities With this letter we would like to draw your attention on a number of issues included in the legislative package about the mandatory accumulative pension system that…

Rustamyan: The Authorities Are Driving Armenia To A Force Majeure State

ARF-D Supreme Council Chairman, Armen Rustamyan is convinced that the government with its social-economic, domestic and foreign policies is driving Armenia to a state of force majeure, azatutyun.am (RFE/RL) reports. According to Rustamyan the authorities perceive themselves as very solid, and that entails quite a bit of a risk, which they don’t see. “If they…

[Updated] ARF-D Youth-Student Organizations Against Bus Fare Hike. Supreme Council Issues Statement.

Yerevan’s Bus Fare Protests: A Timeline July 18: Fares for public transportation by bus or minibus are scheduled to increase from 100 to 150 dram. The owners of 48 companies operating privatized transportation routes had filed petitions with the Yerevan municipality to increase the fares, citing high maintenance costs and price increases in liquefied gas…

To Greener Shores: A Detailed Report on Emigration from Armenia

by Nanore Barsoumian (www.armenianweekly.com, January 22, 2013) – “It’s been 10 years that I’ve been out of the country. Life is very hard in Armenia; there are no jobs over there,” Lilit1, 53, told the Armenian Weekly. “Women worked very long hours—we worked more than men—but were paid very little. One person would do three…

“Social Reforms in Armenia II”

The Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung published the “Social Reforms in Armenia II” policy paper, in both Armenian and English. On this occasion, HMF hosted a scientific conference to present and discuss the situation and suggestions on Agriculture, Mining and Education in Armenia, that are the topics of the publication. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung…

Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation Hosts Round Table For ‘Economics and Social Democracy’

The Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung hosted a presentation and roundtable discussion on the publication of “Economics and Social Democracy” at Ani Plaza Hotel on June 11. This is the second volume of the series “Social Democracy Readers” prepared by the Academy for Social Democracy (Bonn, Germany). The first…

Arakelyan Raises Artsvashen People’s Housing Problem

During a Q&A session with the government, ARF-D Member of Parliament Ruzan Arakelyan raised the Artsvashen village, now under azeri occupation, former residents’ housing issue. Arakelyan, stressed the fact that the residents which have settled down Chambarak city, have bought on special loans, mostly wooden or clay houses. “Twenty years later, Artsvashen people are facing…

ARF-D: Subject-To-Demolition Residences Should Be Free Of Taxes

Although the government’s negative opinion will be confirmed on the January 19 session by the Ministry of Territorial Administration www.news.am reports that ARF-D Parliamentary Faction’s law amendment on exempting the 3rd and 4th category subject-to-demolishion residences from the property taxation has been turned down. ARF-D Members of Parliament Ara Nranyan, Artashes Shahbazyan and Artsvik Minasyan…