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Lutsk university refuses to provide "Syla Pravdy" with information on full salaries of their staff

23.03.2023, 17:01

The Lutsk National Technical University refused to disclose information on the full 2022 salaries of the rector's staff.

The Journalistic Investigations Center "Syla Pravdy" received such a response after requesting copies of the payslips of the university's management.

"Syla Pravdy" reminded that the day before it had written about the incomes of the rectors of Volyn's largest universities, where it cited the salary information provided to the editors by Volyn's Lesya Ukrainka National University and the Lutsk National Technical University. Subsequently, the media outlet learned that the difference between the salaries of the rectors' staff in the two universities may indicate that one of them only provided data on bonuses for performing administrative functions, without taking into account the payment for teaching.

"Syla Pravdy" wrote to the National Technical University for clarification, asking for copies of payslips of the rector's staff. However, on March 14, the publication's request was declined.

"In view of Article 6 Part 6 of the Law of Ukraine 'On Access to Public Information', processing data about a natural person, which is confidential information, without their consent is not allowed, except in cases specified by the law, and only in the interests of national security, economic well-being, and human rights," reads the LNTU's response.

However, the publication notes, according with the Law of Ukraine "On Access to Public Information", the administrator should remove the personal and private data on employees from the documents and provide the copies without this information.

"Syla Pravdy" says that they have filed a complaint to the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets.

If the refusal to provide information is recognized as illegal, the employees responsible for it will be fined a sum ranging from 425 to 850 hryvnias and will be required to make the documents public.

Previously, the Volyn Oblast Administration refused to provide Center for Journalistic Investigations "Syla Pravdy" with the number of people who were issued permits to travel abroad.

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