Lithuanian protest action success
(Vilnius, 14 November 2006) Lithuanian trade unions rallied together on 10 November to protest against low wages and long working hours. The three EPSU affiliates received a very encouraging turn out, and also were endorsed by numerous messages of support from fellow national unions and international trade union federations. They called on the Lithuanian Government to recognise that as part of the package of being a successful member of the European Union, they needed to enact policy that would bring the country into line with the living standards in other parts of the EU. In particular the Unions demanded that as a first step towards decent incomes for all, the Government should set a preliminary target for the minimum wage at 50 % of the average wage.
EPSU General Secretary Carola Fischbach-Pyttel congratulated the Lithuanian affiliates stating that; "this is illustration of the value of collective action -three national unions coordinating well, and being backed by the entire EU wide trade union community".